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Retreat Dharma Talks

Foundations of Mindfulness

Mindfulness can be defined as paying attention to our present moment experiences with openness, curiosity, and a willingness to be with what is. Through the practice of mindfulness, we learn tools to regulate emotions, develop attention, and cultivate states of compassion, even-mindedness, and greater well-being. When we attend to the present moment over a sustained period of time, practitioners report deeper connection to themselves, more self-compassion, and greater insights into their lives.

In this week-long retreat we will practice mindfulness meditation through sitting and walking meditation as well as lectures and opportunity to meet with teachers who will guide our practice. While rooted in Buddhist practice of mindfulness, this retreat will focus on the practical applications of mindfulness, and is open to people of all backgrounds and experience, especially those interested in secular mindfulness. An excellent retreat for beginners, but open to all levels.

Co-sponsored by UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center.

2017-06-19 (7 days) Spirit Rock Meditation Center

2017-06-20 Mindfulness: Attitude, Attention and Intention (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 52:54
Diana Winston
This introduction to mindfulness explores the elements that make mindfulness work: attitude, attention and intention. It includes many parenting examples!
2017-06-21 Day 2 Morning Instructions: Mindfulness Instruction: Working With Pain (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 57:35
Diana Winston
This guided meditation focuses on using mindfulness to work with pain.
2017-06-21 Day 2: Loving-Kindness for Self: Guided Meditation (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 53:47
Diana Winston
Introduction to loving-kindness for self, three ways to practice it, Q & A.
2017-06-22 Why are We Here? What are We Doing? And, What's Love Got to Do With It? (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 55:06
Nikki Mirghafori
2017-06-23 Day 3 Morning Instructions: Mindfulness of Thinking (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 49:56
Nikki Mirghafori
2017-06-23 Trust in Awareness (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 52:25
Diana Winston
This talk explores different ways we experience awareness. Starting with focused attention to choiceless awareness to natural awareness, where we rest in the luminous qualities of our mind.
2017-06-23 Day 4: Guided Metta: Circle of Benefactors (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 47:14
Nikki Mirghafori
2017-06-24 Day 5: Guided Meditation - 3 Types of Awareness (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 56:57
Diana Winston
In this instructional guided meditation we go from focused attention to choiceless awareness to natural awareness. Q & A.
2017-06-24 Day 5: Guided Meditation - Lake of Loving Kindness (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 49:48
Diana Winston
This guided visualization meditation takes us to a lake filled with loving-kindness. It starts about 20 minutes into the recording.
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