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Thanksgiving Insight Meditation Retreat: A Journey into Presence, Peace and Gratitude

Join us at this special time of year to reflect on the deeper truths that support our lives, personally and collectively. Thanksgiving retreat at Spirit Rock is a special opportunity to spend the holiday in the company of a like-minded community, surrounded by the peace and silence of the land. We will spend our days in noble silence with the sitting and walking practices of Calming and Insight Meditation. Supported in this sacred container, we will explore how the teachings of the Buddha point us to directly touch and understand our experience, opening us to compassion and wisdom.

2017-11-17 (10 days) Spirit Rock Meditation Center

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2017-11-18 Day One: Opening Morning Instructions (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 51:01
Jaya Rudgard
2017-11-18 Metabolizing the Momentum of our Lives (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 58:44
Right View, not getting somewhere, but arriving more fully in the here and now. Timeless luminous heart. Reorganizing the judging mind. Cultivating the Jhana factors.
2017-11-19 Morning Instructions Day 2-Samadhi: The Blameless Pleasure Principle (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 53:55
Unification of Body, mind, and Heart. The functions of Samadhi. The Buddha's 4 guidelines on mindfulness of the breath: The long breath, the short breath, experiencing the whole body, and calming the body as you breathe in and out.
2017-11-19 Development of the Path 47:38
Training of Ethics Dimensions of "knowing" Unshakeable deliverance of Heat
2017-11-20 Morning Instruction Day 3: Wise Reflection (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 59:29
Cultivating Samadhi Noticing non suffering
2017-11-21 Morning Instruction- Day 4 (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 58:46
Jaya Rudgard
Meeting hindrances with RAIN - Recognizing, Allowing, Investigating, Non-identification. Suffusing practice with kindness
2017-11-21 The magnetic Pull of the Unconditioned (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 56:15
The liberating key is noticing change. Peace.
2017-11-22 Beyond the Tangle of Thought (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 35:49
Sakka's question to the Buddha-Why do People wanting to live in peace and harmony end up living in conflict and hate?
2017-11-22 Sacred Activism, The Heart Sutra & Standing Rock (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 49:47
Aligning with the living intelligence of the heart.
2017-11-23 Gratefulness (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 53:29
Jaya Rudgard
Reflections on gratitude and the gift of opportunity embedded in every moment.
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