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Retreat Dharma Talks

Southern Insight Summer Retreat: Finding the Heart of Wisdom

Taught by Jill Shepherd and Julie Downard, this seven-day retreat will weave together a range of different insight meditation techniques to both strengthen the heart, and open the mind.

2021-01-23 (8 days) Southern Insight Meditation (Staveley Camp)

2021-01-24 10 talk: frameworks for understanding - an overview of the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path 47:28
Jill Shepherd
An overview of some of the key teachings of the Buddha, as a framework for "finding the heart of wisdom"
2021-01-25 15 talk: Wise Effort and the middle way 36:48
Jill Shepherd
Looking at Wise Effort and common ways our effort gets unbalanced; includes a brief overview of the five hindrances that get in the way of insight
2021-01-27 24 talk: an overview of the four brahmavihara heart qualities 47:49
Jill Shepherd
How kindness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity reinforce and strengthen each other as a support for deepening insight
2021-01-28 28 talk: Working with afflictive mind-states, including comparing mind 40:29
Jill Shepherd
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