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February Month-long Retreat

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

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2017-02-21 Reflections on Not-Knowing (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 47:13
Andrea Fella
These reflections begin with a guided meditation on expanding awareness.
2017-02-22 Day 25: Brahma Vihara Instructions 58:04
James Baraz
2017-02-22 Karma and the End of Karma (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 59:23
Guy Armstrong
Describes the Buddha's basic teaching on Karma as action with volition. By choosing carefully which volitions to follow, we can guide our practice to great levels of happiness. Also describes the results of action, the relation to the concept of not-self, and explores what leads to the end of karma.
2017-02-23 3 Kinds of Intention (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 57:10
Sally Armstrong
To develop any skill, to fully cultivate any qualities in our lives, particularly on the Buddhist path, we need to engage with three kinds of intention that operate on different time frames. Cetana is the moment to moment intention, the urge to do, that we can bring into the field of our mindfulness practice. The next level, Adhitthana, is usually translated as resolve or determination, and is one of the paramis. The highest level is Samma Sankappa, usually translated as right or wise intention. This is the second path factor, after right view, so it is the kind of intention developed by right view. There are three kinds of Right intention - the intention towards renunciation, non-ill will, and non-harming. These skillful intentions can then inform our choices and actions (Adhitthanas) , which we keep in mind through awareness of moment to moment intentions, or cetana.
2017-02-24 Brahma Vihara Instructions 45:54
Guy Armstrong
2017-02-24 Mingling Our Minds with the Dharma (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 60:49
Carol Wilson
Recognizing that all aspects of the Buddha's teachings are in service of transforming the suffering habits of heart and mind.
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