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Finding Freedom Through Insight Meditation

Insight meditation is a simple and direct practice based on moment-to-moment awareness, a technique that opens the heart and clears the mind. This course is an opportunity to practice continuous mindfulness in silence throughout the day, whether during formal sitting and walking meditation periods or during meals and other daily activities. The context of silence frees us from much of the daily barrage of stimulus that draws our attention outward, and lets us delve deeply inward. Learning to be aware of our experience from a place of stillness and equanimity allows us to see more clearly, and as insight deepens, compassion and wisdom can arise.

Designed for beginners and experienced practitioners alike, this course will include meditation instruction, talks about the teachings, and practice discussions with teachers. Movement practices can be helpful when on retreat – an optional daily mindful movement session will be offered.

2019-02-13 (8 days) Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

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2019-02-14 Day One Morning Instructions 51:02
JoAnna Hardy
Settling into breath and body
2019-02-14 Preliminary Meditation Instructions for Retreat 43:59
Brian Lesage
This talk offers guidance into some of the fundamentals of meditation practice.
2019-02-15 Morning Instructions on relaxation and beginning to connect with the breath 36:15
Brian Lesage
2019-02-15 Under The Influences Of The Hinderances 46:20
Vinny Ferraro
2019-02-16 Middle Path Meets Wise Effort 46:25
JoAnna Hardy
The Buddha's awakening to the middle way and finding that balance in wise effort.
2019-02-17 Day 4 Morning Instructions 50:53
JoAnna Hardy
Working with thoughts and emotions.
2019-02-17 Full Contact Compassion 51:53
Vinny Ferraro
2019-02-18 Morning Instructions 48:38
Brian Lesage
2019-02-18 Faith (and Doubt) 44:37
Cara Lai
How to recognize doubt of many kinds, how to practice faith, and the freedom that is possible from this.
2019-02-19 Final Day Morning Practice 34:57
JoAnna Hardy
Working with internal and external sensations and thoughts.
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