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Retreat Dharma Talks

Emptiness: A Meditation & Study Retreat for Experienced Students

The teachings, practices and realizations of Emptiness have been important themes in Buddhism from the early days of Theravada on through the development of the later Mahayana schools. The key meaning of emptiness is the lack of essence or substance in both ourselves and the world. In this retreat, held within the context of silence, we will introduce and explore the various meanings and implications of emptiness in Buddhist thought and practice through talks, readings, reflections, guided meditations and group discussions.

2017-06-13 (9 days) Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

2017-06-14 Brief and simple guided meditation for arriving into retreat. 41:43
Brian Lesage
2017-06-14 Entry Into Emptiness: Honoring and Settling In. 55:31
Brian Lesage
This talk offers reflection on honoring tradition and settling into meditation from one perspective on emptiness.
2017-06-15 Meditation Instructions - day 2 40:18
Susie Harrington
Setting and Stabilizing. Bahiya and the sense of I
2017-06-15 Atammayata 57:49
Susie Harrington
Where there is freedom from self identification and object fabrication, from subject/object duality, we have the experience of atammayata , "not made of that"
2017-06-16 The Two truths: Conventional and Ultimate 52:39
Brian Lesage
This talk explores the teaching of two truths and connects it with our meditation practice.
2017-06-18 Implicit bias and the practice of sense restraint 58:29
Brian Lesage
This talk explores the context of the historical Buddha and how it brings relevance to the practice of sense restraint in addressing implicit bias.
2017-06-20 Lessons From Emptiness: Interdependence 48:24
Brian Lesage
This talk offers what we can learn for our daily lives when we use the lens of emptiness and interdependence.
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