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Holistic Awareness: Monastic Retreat

Western nuns and monks from the Theravada monastic tradition teach each year at the Retreat Center. The 2017 course, open to all, will focus on holistic awareness – accessing an awareness that supports and balances the body, heart and mind. Retreatants are asked to observe the eight monastic precepts, which include abstaining from eating after noon each day, and to participate fully in the daily routine of silent sitting, standing and walking meditation. There will also be group meetings with the teachers.

Group practice will begin each morning with an offering to the Triple Gem, such as flowers, light (in the form of candles) and incense or water, as well as chanting. Along with the renunciation, the acts of offering and homage establish the heart-tone of the retreat.

2017-04-07 (9 days) Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

2017-04-10 Mindfulness meets clinging = insight, release. 57:45
Ajahn Sucitto
Mindfulness can be cultivated in many ways, but the supreme use of it is to restain awareness from clinging to the five aggregates.
2017-04-10 Buddham Vande, Buddha One Day 69:38
Ayya Medhanandi
Inner healing and purification by revering and finding refuge in Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha - one day at at a time
2017-04-11 Guided meditation: cultivation of safe embodiment 50:01
Ajahn Sucitto
A guided meditation into the experience of being in a body that is free from fear or ill-will.
2017-04-11 The use of discernment - understanding a samadhu 56:25
Ajahn Sucitto
Discernment (panna) distinguishes skillful from unskillful. For example - use it like a sensitive hand and it can detect and peel off layers of blockage - and restore enjoyment. This rest is samadhi.
2017-04-11 Q&A with Ayya Medhanandi 1:34:50
Ajahn Sucitto
on aspects of body, worldly winds, action in the world, hope versus practice
2017-04-12 The Centrality Of Feeling 67:51
Ajahn Sucitto
A simple aim of practice is to make you feel better! This comes around through tuning into the present feeling of skillful mindsets and using that to dispel negative ones.
2017-04-12 Meditation Instructions - walking and reclining 19:00
Ajahn Sucitto
2017-04-12 This Precious Life 44:04
Ajahn Jayanto
General reflections on practice.
2017-04-13 Morning Reflection 40:23
Ajahn Sucitto
2017-04-13 Life, Strength, Safety - breathing mindfully 65:40
Ajahn Sucitto
Where we meditate from is important. First access the safe grounded space and sense breathing from there. Then let it fill the body.
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