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Retreat Dharma Talks

In the Footprint of the Buddha: Wise Concentration

As we cultivate concentration (samatha in Pali), we develop purification, tranquility and equanimity of mind and heart. These qualities prepare the ground for penetrating insight into the nature of existence. This retreat will offer an introduction to, and support for, the practice of concentration, as taught by Burmese meditation master Pa Auk Sayadaw.

Open to both new and experienced meditators, the course will consist of alternate periods of silent sitting and walking meditation, daily talks about the teachings, and small group practice meetings. An optional daily period of mindful movement will be offered by trainee assistant Leslie Booker.

2018-02-13 (8 days) Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

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2018-02-14 Wise Concentration 1:11:26
Marcia Rose
A comprehension exploration of the samatha/ anapanasati teachings and practice in the context of the breadth and the Buddha's teachings and practices.
2018-02-15 Walking meditation instructions for Samatha practice/concentration. 18:19
Marcia Rose
2018-02-15 Metta practice instructions. 29:19
Marcia Rose
Metta practice instructions for offering Metta to ones' benefactor... A being, human or otherwise who has been of great benefit in one's life.
2018-02-15 What meditation are you doing? 60:00
Winnie Nazarko
This talk clarifies the differences between concentration meditation and insight meditation, their different instructions, and overlap.
2018-02-16 Four practice techniques 47:37
Marcia Rose
Four practice techniques towards encouraging and supporting the capacity to access and sustain attention on the breath at the Anapana spot for concentration practice.
2018-02-16 Metta- The heart's release 1:12:32
Marcia Rose
A talk of a number of stories that illustrate the hearts release from long conditioned constrictions and identifications that keep us from unconditional connection with others and ourselves.
2018-02-17 The Role of Sila (Ethical training) in the Buddha's path. 57:30
Winnie Nazarko
This talk discusses how sila is linked to liberation and to human happiness. Discusses how sila is part of Wise View and Wise Intention, steps on the 8 fold path.
2018-02-18 Reflections On Faith 48:20
Marcia Rose
A brief reflection of faith from the Buddha Dharma understanding, what is the difference between faith and belief and its place in our practice.
2018-02-18 Metta Practice - Difficult Person 28:00
Marcia Rose
Instruction with an introduction for practicing Metta for a difficult person.
2018-02-18 Exploring Wholesome and Beautiful States 61:33
Marcia Rose
Qualities of mind and heart that are developed through concentration, Metta, and vipassana practice.
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