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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 Mahāsi 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.

2019-09-10 (43 days) Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

2019-09-18 Morning Instructions - Thoughts 60:18
Guy Armstrong
2019-09-19 Morning Instructions 59:40
Jill Shepherd
Review of the meditation instructions so far, moving from the anchor and opening to whatever aspect of experience is predominant.
2019-09-19 Working with Difficult Emotions 60:18
Guy Armstrong
Describes ways to work with difficult emotions in general. Offers particular guidance on meditating with the states of desire, anger, self-judgment, grief, and fear.
2019-09-20 Morning Meditation Instructions On Vedana 57:41
Carol Wilson
2019-09-20 The Transformative Power of Seclusion, Solitude, and Silence 53:00
Brian Lesage
This talk offers reflections on these important qualities on the spiritual path. It explores this by getting a felt sense of these through a poetic understanding of these terms.
2019-09-22 Morning Instructions: Choiceless Attention 60:26
Guy Armstrong
2019-09-22 An Overview Of The Four Brahma Viharas 52:18
Jill Shepherd
Exploring the skillful qualities of kindness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity.
2019-09-23 Perception Of Impermanence Leads To Awakening 58:40
Carol Wilson
2019-09-26 Seven Factors Of Awakening 63:24
Guy Armstrong
How mindfulness activates wholesome states of mind, including energy and concentration, that lead to full awakening.
2019-09-28 Coming into Presence through Reflecting on Death and Birth 50:31
Brian Lesage
This talk offers reflections on how reflecting on the inevitability of our death as well as the wonder of our birth establishes presence in a powerful and transformative way.
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