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Steadying the Heart: Refuge through the Four Sublime States

The Buddhist path includes practices to cultivate four powerful and transformative qualities—kindness, compassion, joy, and balance. These qualities are innate human capacities, and they can also be developed into more reliable dwelling places for the heart. Known as the Brahma Viharas, or “sublime homes,” these states can serve as powerful supports for wellbeing, wholeness, concentration, and the maturing of insight practice.

In this silent meditation retreat, we will explore techniques for developing each of the four sublime states, as well as ways to release the obstacles that often get in the way of living with more ease, happiness, and peace. Our time together will include silent and guided sitting meditation, walking meditation, dharma talks, instructions, Q&A, and small group meetings with the teachers.

This retreat is appropriate for both beginning and more experienced meditators.

2022-04-02 (8 days) Spirit Rock Meditation Center

2022-04-03 Our Best Home and the Path of Awakening (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 53:22
Oren Jay Sofer
Reflections on the path of awakening, the Brahma Viharas, and advice for retreat.
2022-04-07 Guided Meditation: Joy 61:10
Oren Jay Sofer
A guided meditation beginning with a reflection on gratitude, opening to joy, and then cultivating Mudita - joy in the happiness of others.
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