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Your Life Is Your Practice: Insight Meditation Retreat

Insight meditation (vipassana in Pali, the language of the original Buddhist teachings) is the simple and direct practice of moment-to-moment mindfulness. Through careful and sustained observation, we experience for ourselves the ever-changing flow of the mind/body process. This awareness leads us to accept more fully the pleasure and pain, fear and joy, sadness and happiness that life inevitably brings. As insight deepens, we develop greater equanimity and peace in the face of change, and wisdom and compassion increasingly become the guiding principles of our lives.

The Buddha first taught vipassana over 2,500 years ago. The various methods of this practice have been well preserved in the Theravada tradition of Buddhism. This silent retreat, suitable for both beginning and experienced meditators, is rooted in this ancient and well-mapped path to awakening, and draws on the full spectrum of this tradition’s lineages.

2022-08-18 (8 days) Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

2022-08-19 Metta For The Body 29:45
Devon Hase
Short talk and guided metta body scan
2022-08-19 How to guide your own practice 40:03
Matthew Hepburn
Once a practitioner understands the interplay between the five spiritual faculties, it becomes possible to triage age and fine-tune our practice to build momentum toward freedom
2022-08-20 Morning instructions, working with hindrances 33:31
Devon Hase
A short talk on hindrances, guided Meditation on body, breath, and sound followed by a short guided walking instruction
2022-08-21 Guided instructions: second foundation of mindfulness 43:16
Matthew Hepburn
Instructions on practicing mindfulness of feeling tone (vedana) during sitting meditation.
2022-08-21 Balancing energy on the path 45:17
Devon Hase
Stories, reflections, and images, to support wise effort and balanced energy in retreat and in daily life
2022-08-22 Metta for a friend 39:23
Devon Hase
Guided Meditation on metta for a friend with receiving practice at the end.
2022-08-22 Mindfulness is the heart of awakening 52:34
Matthew Hepburn
Mindfulness of death, mosquitoes, and descriptions of the enlightened mind. How to make humble moments of simple presence the direct path to Nirvana
2022-08-23 Mindfulness of thoughts 34:14
Devon Hase
Short teaching and guided meditation on mindfulness of thoughts and thinking.
2022-08-23 Guide metta: loving kindness for self, friend, and enemy 45:33
Matthew Hepburn
A brief story on development of metta for the enemy followed by guided practice for three categories using phrases
2022-08-24 Metta to all beings 42:39
Narayan Helen Liebenson
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