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Retreat Dharma Talks

Awakening our Natural Wisdom

Two-week insight meditation retreat led by Greg Scharf and Jill Shepherd

2017-09-01 (15 days) Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre

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2017-09-03 Talk: from greed to freedom 54:29
Jill Shepherd
An overview of the three afflictive energies of greed, hatred and ignorance, and how they condition the five hindrances, focusing on greed and desire for sense pleasure. Exploring ways to work skilfully with this energy to move towards increasing freedom.
2017-09-05 Talk: viriya, energy, effort and balance 37:48
Jill Shepherd
Exploring how we commonly get off balance, and ways to come back to balance
2017-09-06 The Four Noble Truths and the end of dukkha 52:37
Greg Scharf
The dukkha that leads to the end of dukkha, through the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path
2017-09-07 Instructions: four foundations of mindfulness overview and standing meditation 9:26
Jill Shepherd
Four foundations of mindfulness overview, the mental factor of intention or volition, and standing meditation
2017-09-07 Standing meditation observing all four foundations of mindfulness 30:52
Jill Shepherd
Standing meditation exploring all four foundations of mindfulness and the mental factor of intention/volition Interval bells at five minutes with the invitation to sit at any time when the bell rings
2017-09-07 Talk: from Aversion to Compassion 41:49
Jill Shepherd
Exploring the hindrance of aversion and how it can be transformed through compassion, with an emphasis on self-compassion
2017-09-08 Instructions: exploring difficult emotions 17:14
Jill Shepherd
Short talk exploring some approaches to working with difficult emotions
2017-09-08 Guided meditation: exploring difficult emotions 13:42
Jill Shepherd
Short guided meditation offering some techniques for exploring difficult emotions, including self-compassion
2017-09-08 Talk: the ten parami and patience 53:30
Greg Scharf
An overview of the ten parami (perfections) with an emphasis on patience
2017-09-09 Very short instructions for refining mindfulness of breathing 4:34
Jill Shepherd
Maintaining relaxed awareness while bringing more precision to mindfulness of breathing, using the tool of mental noting when helpful
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