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Freedom of Heart and Mind: Insight Meditation Retreat

All aspects of our lives hold the potential for deep and direct seeing into the nature of suffering and discovering a path to freedom. This retreat will support this process of awakening by encouraging a continuity of mindfulness in all activities throughout the day, while developing a kind and wise attitude in relating to whatever arises.

As we awaken and connect more fully to the present moment, all of life is then experienced as meditation. Clear, continuous knowing of our passing experience unclouds our attention and reveals liberating truth. We discover that each moment of our unfolding lives provides an opportunity for nurturing our innate capacity for kindness and wisdom.

This course, held within the context of silence, is suitable for both new and experienced meditators. The format will include meditation instruction, silent sitting and walking meditation periods, as well as talks about the Buddha’s teachings and meetings with the teachers. Guided metta (lovingkindness) practice will be offered each day.

2021-11-30 (6 days) Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

2021-12-01 Introduction to Metta practice 40:17
Jean Esther
Short description of metta as an antidote to ill will followed by a guided practice with a focus on a benefactor or easy person
2021-12-02 Metta Practice For Self 44:51
Jean Esther
Guided metta practice for working with the self, including ways to work with difficulty with oneself as the object.
2021-12-03 Why Practice? Setting in motion the wheel of truth. 47:44
Jean Esther
An elaboration of the third of the Four Noble Truths
2021-12-04 Loving kindness practice with the "neutral person" 42:12
Jean Esther
Description of the importance of working with a neutral person and strengthening the capacity of non-discriminating loving kindness. Includes a guided practice.
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