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New Year's Insight Meditation Retreat

This is a traditional Insight Meditation (vipassana) retreat with sitting and walking in silence, and regular meetings with teachers. Each day there will be systematic meditation instructions, dharma talks and gentle yoga. We will mark the turning of the year with a late evening sitting and simple ceremony on New Year's Eve. In celebration of the New Year, our focus will be on cultivating loving awareness and embracing each moment as fresh and new. All are welcome.

2014-12-27 (9 days) Spirit Rock Meditation Center

2014-12-28 Grandmotherly Mind 45:23
Pamela Weiss
This talk explores how listening with kindness supports our inner wisdom and reveals the possibility of transformation and freedom.
2014-12-29 Not Knowing is Most Intimate 49:52
Eugene Cash
As we move closer to our direct experience, the body-heart-mind is infused with awareness. The simplicity of intimacy reveals the dharma within us.
2014-12-30 The How and Why of Practice 50:50
Nikki Mirghafori
The first part of this discusses the principles of choice-less awareness practice. In the last part of the talk, the why of practice explores the three characteristics.
2014-12-31 Aching Heart, Aching World 50:14
Pascal Auclair
Learning to take care of our aching heart, we learn to take care of our aching world.
2015-01-01 "This is harder than it looks": Raw & Naked Dhamma 39:33
Alexis Santos
The Dhamma unfolds through being real, vulnerable and honest. Reflections on working with anxiety and the unknown in real time.
2015-01-02 The Paradox of Reality 56:35
Eugene Cash
Paradox is at the heart of practice. It includes the teachings of suffering and the end of suffering; of self and not-self; and the Buddhist teaching of the two truths - relative and absolute reality being equally true.
2015-01-03 Love; The Fabric of Reality 54:40
Pamela Weiss
Exploring ways the dharma alters our perspective from horizontal to vertical, revealing the fabric of interconnectedness.
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