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The Seven Factors of Awakening: Insight Meditation Retreat

The Seven Factors of Awakening, known as the bojjhangas in Pali, the language of the original Buddhist teachings, are innate beautiful qualities inside of all of us that can be cultivated. The factors are mindfulness, investigation, energy, joy, tranquility, concentration and equanimity. Through meditation practice, we can understand and develop these qualities, as well as deepen our commitment to awakening.

These factors are often referred to as “inner wealth” for meditators, because of their value to our practice – they strengthen the heart’s capacity to let go of harmful habits.

2020-03-03 (6 days) Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

2020-03-04 Using The Body As Anchor (with Matthew Hepburn) 63:02
Chas DiCapua
How to use different parts of the body and different apertures of awareness to anchor and the attention to the present moment.
2020-03-04 A Wise Approach To Pain and Discomfort 22:58
Matthew Hepburn
Meditation instructions on how to continue developing wisdom and compassion through mindfulness of the body - even in experience of pain and discomfort.
2020-03-05 Whole Body Breathing 50:46
Chas DiCapua
How to feel the breath throughout the whole body, with a relaxed open awareness.
2020-03-05 When You Are Struggling And You Need A Friend. 58:50
Matthew Hepburn
The hindrances are motifs of mind that can propel us into suffering or freedom. How can we use loving-kindness (Metta) to let them open the door to wisdom and peace?
2020-03-06 Meditating With Thoughts 60:54
Chas DiCapua
How to include thoughts in meditation practice and explore their nature.
2020-03-06 Calm, Steadiness, and Balance Of Mind 34:41
Matthew Hepburn
Calm, concentration (samadhi), and equanimity are the tranquilizing qualities which balance the energizing qualities in the factors of enlightenment. How can we practice to strengthen and develop the?
2020-03-07 Feeling Tone (Vedanā) 44:28
Chas DiCapua
How to practice with feeling tone and why it is important
2020-03-07 Choiceless Awareness 59:38
Chas DiCapua
How to practice with undirected attention and the art of going back and forth between using an anchor and not using one.
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