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Retreat Dharma Talks

Three-Month Retreat - Part 1

This six-week partial of the three-month course is a special time for practice. Because of its extended length and ongoing guidance, it is an opportunity for students to deepen the powers of concentration, wisdom and compassion. Based on the meditation instructions of Mahasi Sayadaw and supplemented by a range of skillful means, this silent retreat will encourage a balanced attitude of relaxation and alertness, and the continuity of practice based on the Buddha’s Four Foundations of Mindfulness.

2018-09-11 (43 days) Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

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2018-10-11 Supports for Steadying the mind: The Jhana Factors 59:55
Sally Armstrong
There are five factors that are supported for deepening concentration, known as the jhana factors. These factors are developed in any kind of intensive meditation practice but are particularly supportive of the development of samadhi. They also serve to counterbalance the hindrances. When the hindrances are not active, the mind and heart can be
2018-10-14 Aging Sickness and Death and the Five Daily Reflections. 58:26
Jaya Rudgard
2018-10-15 Dependent Origination 63:00
Andrea Fella
An exploration of the Buddha's detailed description of how suffering comes to be.
2018-10-16 Q&A 64:40
Joseph Goldstein
2018-10-17 Freedom Through Practicing Right Effort 62:49
Bhante Buddharakkhita
Arousing and balancing effort can serve as a cause and condition for cultivating wholesome states of mind and gaining freedom from unwholesome states of mind.
2018-10-18 Metta Practice: All Beings 46:53
Andrea Fella
2018-10-19 Teaching From The Metta Sutta - Part 2 59:52
Greg Scharf
2018-10-21 Not Knowing 58:51
Andrea Fella
2018-10-22 The Golden Thread Of Equanimity 57:38
Jaya Rudgard
Reflections on equanimity for those continuing and those ending their retreat.
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