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February Insight Meditation 1 Month Retreat

An extended period of retreat offers the rare opportunity for sustained and dedicated practice. This retreat emphasizes quieting the mind, opening the heart, and developing profound clarity and depth of insight practice. Instruction will follow the traditional four foundations of mindfulness, combined with training in loving-kindness and compassion, through a daily schedule of silent sitting, walking, dharma talks and practice meetings with teachers.

2022-01-29 (29 days) Spirit Rock Meditation Center

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2022-01-30 Simple Breath and Body Awareness 30:37
Tempel Smith
All practices of mindfulness begin with commitment toward breath and body awareness. This is where we start our practice and where our practice develops. Here in this guided meditation we simplify our ambition just to rest in the in breath and out breath.
2022-01-31 First Establishment of Mindfulness 42:31
Dawn Scott
This guided meditation introduces three anchors for attention--sounds, body, and breath--with an emphasis on orienting to the pleasant to pleasurable aspects of the anchor.
2022-01-31 How The Practice Unfolds: The Five Spiritual Faculties 63:32
James Baraz
The Five Spiritual Faculties in the Buddha's teaching give a clear description of the natural unfolding of practice unfolds over time. It also describes the process over the course of a month-long intensive retreat.
2022-02-01 Morning instructions: Focusing and unifying the mind 58:45
James Baraz
A guided meditation on deepening concentration using the breath as the primary object.
2022-02-01 Loving Kindness for Ourselves (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 40:59
Tempel Smith
Here is a simply guided meditation to bring kindness and patience to our mindfulness practice. As mindfulness develops it brings both clarity and warmth to our awareness.
2022-02-01 The Hindrances and Trauma Mind (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 57:10
Tuere Sala
Applying the antidotes to the hindrances regularly wil strengthen awareness of the luminous mind. Use the hindrances as opportunities to practice.
2022-02-02 Mindfulness of the Body 61:17
Tempel Smith
The Buddha stated we are often lost in craving and aversion when we are not mindful of our bodies. In a discourse named the Six Animals (SN 35.247) the Buddha strongly encouraged developing the concentration of body mindfulness as a pillar to collect and calm oneself, and learn to have a conscious relationship to the six sense. From developing calm and collectedness mindfulness of the body continues to liberate us from our confusions towards having a body. As both a refuge of samadhi and a place for deepening wisdom, mindfulness of the body is considered the central foundation to the buddha's path to freedom here and now, and ultimate liberation.
2022-02-03 Mindfulness of the Body for Concentration (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 60:29
Tempel Smith
At some point we can fully let go of all our concerns to give our full attention to the breath and body. As we build faith and devotion to this simple fullness of attention we can feel the mind healing from its habits of being scattered and exhausted. This practice develops into full absorption and becomes the basis for liberating wisdom.
2022-02-03 Exploring the Three Refuges as Paths of Practice 55:32
JD Doyle
An exploration of how the three refuges can be used during retreat to support practice. Recognizing the lineage and Buddha nature, the Dharma of our bodies, and the Sangha as a network as support systems that undergird our practice. Includes working with perceptions and using the natural world as part of practice.
2022-02-04 Guided Meditation on the Four Elements 52:31
JD Doyle
The first foundation of the body is explored with a guided body scan for each of the four elements: earth, water, fire, and air.
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