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Retreat Dharma Talks

February Month-long Retreat

2017-01-28 (29 days) Spirit Rock Meditation Center

2017-02-10 Dharma Practice as a Path to Happiness (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 62:38
James Baraz
The Buddha said that cultivating wholesome states creates the conditions for awakening. He further said that when a wholesome state is here to maintain and increase that state. But how can we do that without it increasing attachment? This talk explores why the Buddha was called The Happy One and how to see this path not only as an end to suffering but as a deepening of true well-being on and off the cushion,
2017-02-11 Conceit and Latent Torments (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 56:23
Bonnie Duran
This talk is about the three kinds of conceit and the four self constructions. It provides the Buddha's advice about seeing unconscious "I" making.
2017-02-12 The Resilience and Strength of a Compassionate Heart (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 59:12
Sally Armstrong
Compassion is the natural expression of "presence," the availability of an unclouded mind. This talk points to our inherent resilience and wisdom in response to suffering.
2017-02-13 Courage of our Aspirations (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 58:21
Carol Wilson
Connecting consciously to our deepest aspirations can bring faith and energy to meet the difficult times in our practice.
2017-02-15 Five Aggregates (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 63:40
Andrea Fella
An exploration of the physical and mental processes that comprise our experience, and how clearly seeing them can lead to freedom.
2017-02-16 Equanimity: Bringing Balance to our Practice (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 62:41
James Baraz
Equanimity is the precursor to the awakened mind. It allows us to skillfully hold compassion, metta and joy in balance. It is the essential quality that allows us to go through life's ups and downs with wisdom and wise response.
2017-02-17 The 3 Dimensions of Faith Saddha (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 54:40
Bonnie Duran
This talk reviews the 3 dimensions of Faith: 1) Social-Who to trust, 2) What we believe, 3) Practice-What we do.
2017-02-18 Fourth Foundation of Mindfulness 58:58
Sally Armstrong
The Fourth Foundation in the Satipatthana Sutta provides a profound map for our vipassana practice, pointing again and again to how to relate wisely to all experiences.
2017-02-19 Investigation Dosa with Wisdom (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 63:44
Carol Wilson
2017-02-20 Ehipassiko: Come See For Yourself (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 60:58
James Baraz
With so many different meditation instructions and approaches to practice how do we know which is the right one for us? This talk includes the Buddha's different methods for dealing with distracting thoughts as well as learning how to listen and trust your own experience.
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