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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

2019-09-29 Working With Afflictive Thought Patterns 1: Wisdom as antidote 52:36
Jill Shepherd
Some suggestions for bringing wisdom to deeply conditioned mental patterns such as "lack" mind and comparing mind
2019-09-30 Exploring The Experience Of Tanha (Craving) 59:17
Carol Wilson
2019-10-03 The Five Aggregates Are Not self 63:18
Guy Armstrong
2019-10-04 Practicing with Vedana - Feeling Tone 47:47
Brian Lesage
This talk explores this transformative approach to meditation involving vedana (feeling tone). The practice of noticing vedana consists of noticing the pleasant, unpleasant and neutral aspects of experience.
2019-10-06 Working with Afflictive Thought Patterns 2: Compassion 57:09
Jill Shepherd
An exploration of compassion and self-compassion as Brahmavihara practices, and some suggestions for applying compassion as an antidote to painful mental states
2019-10-07 Courage and Trust In Our Path 57:44
Carol Wilson
2019-10-08 Forgiveness Meditation 48:43
Guy Armstrong
Forgiveness as a complement to the meditations on Metta
2019-10-11 Morning Instructions: Big Mind Guided Meditation 57:54
Guy Armstrong
2019-10-12 Freeing the Heart from Implicit Bias 49:43
Brian Lesage
This talk offers reflections on how the practice of sense restraint on retreat can help us unlearn the oppressive biases that we have received from society.
2019-10-13 Equanimity 56:20
Jill Shepherd
An exploration of equanimity as support for - and a fruit of - insight practice
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