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Retreat Dharma Talks

Mindfulness, Insight, Liberation: The Foundations of Mindfulness-Based Modalities and Research

This retreat is specifically designed for professionals involved in mindfulness-based modalities. Educators, clinicians and researchers engaged in teaching or training in mindfulness-based approaches are welcome to attend.

The course is an invitation to extend and deepen personal experience of insight meditation, which is rooted in the cultivation of mindfulness. In the company of peers and colleagues, retreatants will explore the Four Foundations of Mindfulness as taught in the Satipaṭṭhāna discourse given by the Buddha, the foundational teaching of all contemporary mindfulness-based applications. This is a profound teaching that encourages us to place the path of freedom and compassion in the classroom of our lives, nurturing a liberated and compassionate heart.

The teachers of this retreat are all involved in training mindfulness-based professionals or in teaching mindfulness.

Each day will offer a sustained schedule of formal meditation practice (both insight and metta, the teaching of boundless friendliness), meetings with the teachers, talks and guidance, all within an environment of silence. A familiarity with formal practice is assumed.

2017-01-08 (8 days) Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

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2017-01-09 Guided meditation on body & body-awareness 43:21
Akincano Marc Weber
2017-01-09 Re-contextualising Mindfulness 54:32
Akincano Marc Weber
Sati in Buddhist Psychology, sati in Mind-development, Images of sati. Establishing the Fourfold Mindfulness: (satipaṭṭhāna) as map and as four channels of experience.
2017-01-10 Contemplating Body – take two (kāyānupassanā) 42:02
Akincano Marc Weber
Involuntary and voluntary attention – attention vs. mindfulness – the notion of embodiment – pleasure and discomfort and the training of a deliberate attentional relationship. Followed by experiential exercise: Three dimensions of bodily awareness
2017-01-10 "Cultivating Samadhi" 58:11
Chris Cullen
Practices for cultivating appreciative fullness and collectiveness using the Jhana factors. Hindrances are also briefly explored
2017-01-11 Reflexions on the role of hedonic tone and attention (vedanā) 43:39
Akincano Marc Weber
2017-01-12 Reflexions on the practice of contemplating mind states (cittānupassanā). Exercises with 3 questions. 53:12
Akincano Marc Weber
2017-01-12 Metta meditation. 34:01
Chris Cullen
Guided meditation. Metta is embodied practice– Categories of community, self, benefactor and good friend.
2017-01-12 The mind, the pain and the promise of mindfulness 1:10:37
Akincano Marc Weber
The nature of the citta – the experience of dukkha & tanhā – dimensions of ignorance – clarifications on sati and the transformation of dukkha through mindfulness.
2017-01-13 "The Brahma Viharas– The best home for the heart" 67:03
Chris Cullen
Exploration of the Brahma Viharas, with some reference to their value within mindfulness teaching and psychotherapy.
2017-01-14 Review and Perspectives 54:07
Akincano Marc Weber
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