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Retreat Dharma Talks

From Mindfulness Breath to Radiant Mind

2016-11-28 (7 days) Spirit Rock Meditation Center

2016-11-29 The Art of Samadhi Practice 64:52
Donald Rothberg
We explore the nature and importance of samadhi (or concentration) practice in the context of the sequence of the three core practices of the retreat—samadhi practice, insight practice, and opening to “radiant mind.” We also examine a number of ways to engage skillfully in samadhi practice, including in the context of several core challenges to such practice.
2016-11-30 Samadhi: Practice Instructions 3: Working with Intentions, Working with Challenges in Practice 41:01
Donald Rothberg
2016-11-30 Concentration and Insight 59:18
Erin Selover
This talk gives a general overview of practice, follow up thoughts from the previous night's talk on samadhi, and an introduction to the process of orienting perception towards change and dukkha.
2016-11-30 Radiating Metta 25:56
Erin Selover
2016-12-01 From Samadhi (Concentration) and Insight Practice to Awakened Awareness 66:14
Donald Rothberg
We first explore further the "three ways of seeing that free" (examining the "three characteristics" of phenomena), with particular emphasis on a practically-based overview of anatta (not-self). We then see how samadhi practice and insight practice develop, as they progress, toward a third mode of practice--opening to "awakened awareness" or "radiant mind." We look at the nature of awakened awareness, and point to several practical methods of accessing awakened awareness.
2016-12-03 Guided Practice: Resting in the Field of Awareness 45:40
Susie Harrington
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