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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

  
2022-02-04 Guided Bramavihara Meditation (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 42:23
James Baraz
In order to open the heart and extend kindness and compassion to others we need to soften the places of contraction through practicing forgiveness. This guided meditation invites us to practice forgiving ourselvesā€“ our body, our mind, and our heart ā€“ and then extending it towards others as well.
2022-02-05 Loving the Moment: Opening to it All (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 63:07
James Baraz
Being in the present requires us to open to all experience, the beautiful moments and the challenging ones. This talk explores essential qualities that help us not only accept the moment, but embrace and even love it as our true refuge.
2022-02-06 Guided Meditation on Vedana (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 61:28
JD Doyle
This meditation starts with a short introduction to practicing with Vedana (or feeling tone) and then continues with a guided meditation that invites you to bring your awareness to different parts of the body and different senses to recognize Vedana as it arises.
2022-02-07 Metta for Easy Beings, Difficult Beings, and All Beings (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 49:54
JD Doyle
Guided Metta meditation that begins with an overview of working with difficult or challenging people. Meditation explores the cultivation of Metta, starting with easy beings, moving to difficult beings and ending with all beings.
2022-02-07 Dependent Origination - Name & Form (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 63:22
Tuere Sala
Name and Form - Neutral Factors. The framing in which the Buddha saw the lists - his own enlightenment. Discernment of the 7 factors of awakening.
2022-02-09 The Brahmavihara of Compassion 32:25
Dawn Scott
In this guided meditation, we explore the nature of thoughts, opening to their ephemeral, changing, and sensory-influenced nature.
2022-02-09 Curiosity and Anatta (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 61:29
JD Doyle
Exploring Anatta, with an invitation to curiosity and intimacy with the not knowing, beyond the conceptual mind of the constructs of the self. As we investigate the constructions of self, we begin to untangle the sense of self that we are familiar with and open to the possibility of the fullness of Anatta.
2022-02-10 Guided Karuna/Compassion Practice (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 42:48
Tempel Smith
Every being experiences loss, pain and fear, and often feels the additional suffering of isolation. Our process of waking up gives us increasing awareness of our own vulnerability and that of others. Practicing compassion strengthens our hearts to stay conscious and even move lovingly towards ourselves and others when we are in pain.
2022-02-11 Guided Mindfulness of Intentions (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 60:00
Tempel Smith
In daily live many of our actions are habitual and unconscious. The Buddha asked us to be increasingly aware of our motivation and intention behind each action so we can better sort out what is wholesome and helpful, and which actions are connected with greed, harm and ignorance. On a silent retreat we have a chance to see the habits we have and how they drive our behavior.
2022-02-11 Guided Mindfulness of Intentions 26:15
Tempel Smith
In daily live many of our actions are habitual and unconscious. The Buddha asked us to be increasingly aware of our motivation and intention behind each action so we can better sort out what is wholesome and helpful, and which actions are connected with greed, harm and ignorance. On a silent retreat we have a chance to see the habits we have and how they drive our behavior.
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