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The Heart of Wisdom: Monastic Retreat

Led by ordained monastics from the Canadian Forest sangha, this silent retreat, open to all, will explore a core aspect of the Buddha’s timeless teachings – the liberating quality of emptiness. As we abandon the illusion of a separate and distinct sense of self, and come to know the essential emptiness of all phenomena, we discover the heart of wisdom.

This retreat is an invitation to all to experience a taste of monastic life. The traditional eight precepts will be observed – this includes abstaining from eating after noon. Each day’s schedule will include sitting, standing and walking meditations, talks about the teachings, devotional chants, and dedications for the welfare of all beings.

2019-04-16 (9 days) Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

2019-04-17 The Winds of Change - A Guided Meditation 33:27
Ayya Medhanandi
We are here, on the mountain, with a tremendous view. Let the breath speak to us. Stay and watch, even the suffering, investigate patiently like a parent, even if their child objects and runs away - patiently keep trying, be receptive, be available. Gently soften, mellow, give the mind back to the moment, trust, receive it and discover its hidden truths.
2019-04-17 Two Approaches To knowing 41:28
Ajahn Punnadhammo
Looking at the mind from either the subjective or objective side
2019-04-18 Basic Instruction 47:52
Ajahn Punnadhammo
Introduction to vipassana practice
2019-04-18 The Night of the Poison Arrow 32:23
Ayya Medhanandi
How to guard the mind against the hindrances and pull out the poison arrow of craving.
2019-04-19 Baptismal Breath: A Guided Meditation 58:00
Ayya Medhanandi
See present moment experience in its most simple expression so as to notice the breakdown of all fearsome qualities. This seeing is insight which delivers us from the conceptual prison of beliefs into the freedom of direct intuitive understanding.
2019-04-19 Exploring Emptiness 56:43
Ajahn Punnadhammo
Looking at the teachings of not-self and emptiness from various angels.
2019-04-20 Entry Into The Formless 46:59
Ajahn Punnadhammo
Guided meditation through the formless abodes.
2019-04-20 Lifetime Vow 41:17
Ayya Medhanandi
To vow for life: not to compromise our faith, our virtue, or our goodness - even in a moment of terror - is a powerful spiritual ally. Not cowering nor retaliating even in a hopeless-feeling-moment, we learn to stay present with compassion and kindness. As long as we remember to keep the practice alive within, we will have the stamina to grow in generosity, equanimity, and wisdom. So, at all times, make good-will the mantra of your heart.
2019-04-21 The Five Aggregates 69:52
Ajahn Punnadhammo
The emptiness of the five khandas and how to work with them
2019-04-22 Taking Emptiness Home 42:30
Ayya Medhanandi
To carry the teachings home means we are committed to treasuring virtuous conduct and speech as well as wholesome states of mind in daily life where conditions are not as perfect for practice. We empty ourselves of self-centerdness to embody more and more the realization of anatta, the Truth that there is no one, no solid being to prop us - what a freedom.
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