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Embodying the Heart of Wisdom: New Year’s Retreat

The Buddha's teachings offer a pathway to discover inner peace, freedom and the compassionate heart. Through deepening our understanding of the nature of things, we can come to know what it means to awaken in the midst of our life, to be deeply connected to our experience, and yet not bound by it.

This silent retreat will focus on cultivating a quality of conscious presence that embraces our heart, mind and body with acceptance and wisdom. Insight meditation practice will be supported by instructions, loving-kindness meditation and regular meetings with the teachers. All are welcome.

2022-12-29 (10 days) Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

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2022-12-30 Getting our bearings 60:55
Catherine McGee
Orientating to the map of insight in cultivation: and preparing the heart for the retreat. Challenging the view that we are doing this alone, and weaving ourselves into a more beautiful story of practice.
2022-12-31 Perceptions at the onset of Satipaṭṭhāna 43:34
Akincano Marc Weber
Overview and beginnings: body as a process embodied. Affections; attributes and expectations. Three magical questions
2022-12-31 Day two: metta-practice with a figure of love 43:38
Catherine McGee
2023-01-01 Instructions - Day 3 44:01
Catherine McGee
Developing Samatha
2023-01-01 In praise of stillness 1:12:35
Akincano Marc Weber
Demystifying samadhi. What it means and what it doesn't. What are its conditions? What is its function in mind training?
2023-01-02 The nature of feeling tone (vedanā) 54:48
Akincano Marc Weber
Feeling tone – Hedonic tone: how it manifests, what it is, what it isn't, and how we are affected by it.
2023-01-02 Guided Metta Forgiveness Practice 43:34
Akincano Marc Weber
Metta Exercise.
2023-01-02 Passion and dispassion 57:50
Catherine McGee
Craving is not the same as a passion for practice. Dispassion is a way of attending to experience to unbind self, the tangle of self
2023-01-03 Light touch meditation 42:30
Catherine McGee
As a support for metta practice
2023-01-04 Day 6: meditation Instructions – knowing thought as thought 53:06
Catherine McGee
Nothing whatsoever should be taken as I me or mine But thougts can feel so much like I me and mine
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