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Retreat Dharma Talks

Therīgāthā – Awakening Verses of the Early Buddhist Nuns: Monastic Retreat

Western nuns and monks from the Theravada monastic tradition teach each year at the Retreat Center.

During this year’s course, open to both new and experienced meditators, we will explore the breakthrough moments of the awakened nuns of the Buddha’s time. These women came from all walks of life, and their realizations took many forms. Investigating these teachings connects us to the challenges and opportunities of our own lives, and the ways these insights are relevant to us today.

The framework of the Eight Precepts (which include abstaining from eating after noon), Noble Silence, chanting and simple ceremonies will provide a monastic container to hold and inspire us during our practice throughout this silent insight meditation course.

2022-04-20 (10 days) Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

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2022-04-21 Fill yourself with the Dharma 1:12:41
Ayya Anandabodhi, Ayya Santacitta
A Therigatha overview (the first five minutes are announcements. The talk ends with a silent meditation)
2022-04-21 Patacara - going beyond grief. 1:19:23
Ayya Anandabodhi
Sharing the story of Patacara who lost her whole family, within a few hours, then lost her mind. Meeting the Buddha, she regains her senses and breaks through to stream entry, and later - Nibbana
2022-04-22 Patacara's 30 disciples. 52:46
Ayya Anandabodhi
Allowing the practice to break us out of the old conditioning of me and mine.
2022-04-22 The elements are empty of a self. 34:15
Ayya Santacitta
Guided meditation on the six elements.
2022-04-22 Hidden in plain sight. 1:21:33
Ayya Santacitta
Strengthening and sensitizing the mind through cultivating the seven factors of awakening.
2022-04-23 Dhammadinna - foremost in teaching Dhamma 32:57
Ayya Anandabodhi
Sharing the story of Dhammadinna and reflecting on skillful effort.
2022-04-23 Fine-tuning and strengthening the mind 42:10
Ayya Santacitta
Connected, yet spacious and balanced. Guided meditation on the seven factors of awakening
2022-04-24 Recognition and probing 58:17
Ayya Santacitta
The five hindrances are fuel for developing the seven factors of awakening
2022-04-24 Radiant Metta meditation. 44:42
Ayya Anandabodhi
Introducing the radiant practice of Metta, a guided meditation
2022-04-24 Mahapajapati Gotami 41:46
Ayya Anandabodhi
Sharing the enlightenment poem and story of Mahapajapati, the aunt and adopted mother of the Buddha, and neither of the Bhikkhuni order
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