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The Path to Awakening: Insight Meditation Retreat

Insight meditation (vipassana in Pali, the language of the original Buddhist teachings) is the simple and direct practice of moment-to-moment mindfulness. Through careful and sustained observation, we experience for ourselves the ever-changing flow of the mind/body process. This awareness leads us to accept more fully the pleasure and pain, fear and joy, sadness and happiness that life inevitably brings. As insight deepens, we develop greater equanimity and peace in the face of change, and wisdom and compassion increasingly become the guiding principles of our lives.

The Buddha first taught vipassana over 2,500 years ago. The various methods of this practice have been well preserved in the Theravada tradition of Buddhism. This silent retreat, suitable for both beginning and experienced meditators, is rooted in this ancient and well-mapped path to awakening, and draws on the full spectrum of this tradition’s lineages.

2020-01-30 (9 days) Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

2020-02-01 Nuances Of Right Effort 1:19:32
Joseph Goldstein
Techniques for deepening practice
2020-02-02 Working with thoughts. 64:34
Joseph Goldstein
2020-02-02 Loving Kindness Practice 45:37
Walt Opie
An introduction to loving-kindness practice with several stories to inspire and open the heart.
2020-02-04 Morning Instructions 64:00
Joseph Goldstein
Meditation instruction review
2020-02-04 Working With The Hinderances 48:45
Walt Opie
A description of the five hindrances to meditation practice along with some antidotes for working with them.
2020-02-05 Loving Kindness Practice 44:16
Walt Opie
Introducing the difficult person to our loving kindness practice.
2020-02-05 Q&A 63:38
Joseph Goldstein
A wide varity of topics.
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