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Retreat Dharma Talks

March Insight Meditation 1-Month

An extended period of retreat offers the rare opportunity for sustained and dedicated practice. This retreat emphasizes quieting the mind, opening the heart, and developing profound clarity and depth of insight practice. Instruction will follow the traditional four foundations of mindfulness, combined with training in loving-kindness and compassion, through a daily schedule of silent sitting, walking, dharma talks and practice meetings with teachers.

2019-03-02 (29 days) Spirit Rock Meditation Center

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2019-03-24 Renunciation: The Freedom of Non-Grasping (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 59:38
Oren Jay Sofer
The entire path can be understood as a cultivation of the ability to let go. In this talk, we explore this core quality of renunciation in Buddhist practice: What it is and what it isn't, what we let go of and how, what supports the maturing of renunciation. We include some specific suggestions for ways to practice renunciation in lay life as well.
2019-03-25 Integrating Insights to Deepen Our Practice (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 58:24
Heather Sundberg
This innovative talk describes the process and advanced practice of Integrating our Insights, including types of insight, what the mind does immediately after an insight, teasing apart the clinging & the natural impulse to integrate insight, how to test the insight, how to include & purify 'the clinging that remains', and learning to live the insight.
2019-03-26 Staying Home While Connecting with Others (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 50:50
Sharda Rogell
How do we relate to others while staying connected to ourselves, so we don't get LOST. The Power of Present Moment mindfulness.
2019-03-29 Bringing the Retreat Home: "Let Your Life and Practice Be One” (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 66:09
Donald Rothberg
As we are poised to return from one or two months of practice, we consider a number of supports for continuing our practice in all the parts of our life, whether more individual, more relational, or more collective, including the archetype of the Bodhisattva, which can inspire us to connect inner and outer practice.
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