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Retreat Dharma Talks

Concentration and Insight

The foundational Buddhist meditation practices offer tools for collecting and clarifying a mind that can lead to Insight. On this retreat we will look carefully at, and practice creating, the conditions that allow our meditation practice to flourish and for wisdom to arise. Specific guidance will be given on different aspects of practice with an emphasis on the practitioner understanding why they are doing a specific practice and what results may follow. Open to all interested meditators with a willingness to investigate and experiment with their practice approaches.

2021-11-29 (7 days) Spirit Rock Meditation Center

2021-11-30 Guided Meditation: Anchoring Attention and Settling (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 1:13:47
Oren Jay Sofer
Morning instructions of Day 1 offering an overview of how and why to use an anchor to support settling and collecting
2021-11-30 Evening Dharma Talk (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 64:09
Dawn Scott
2021-12-01 Hindrances and Distractions: Portals to the Path (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 64:39
Susie Harrington
The path of practice has many challenges. How we meet those and turn toward them and learn form them is possibly the most important aspect of our practice. This talk looks at these challenges in the retreat setting and suggests ways of meeting them.
2021-12-03 Wisdom and Insight 56:01
Oren Jay Sofer
As the path unfolds, mindfulness and concentration lead naturally to the development of wisdom. Wisdom understands the difference between what is skillful and unskillful, perceives things as they are and knows suffering and its end.
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