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Spring Insight Meditation Retreat

All the time before you were born plus all the time after you die is almost exactly all the time there is. Yet we find ourselves here, alive, in time, with a question: how should I live?

We begin by listening deeply. The Buddha suggested we consistently underestimate the capacity of our heart. Retreat helps us to remember. Together, we’ll sit in the refuge provided by a 2,600-year legacy of wisdom and kindness. In the silence, we come to know the preciousness of life and the poignancy of the human condition. We discover a way of opening to the intensity of the human condition such that our heart is softened rather than hardened. We will offer systematic instructions in mindfulness meditation, as well as in loving-kindness practice.

Throughout the retreat, there are dharma talks and meetings with teachers to support you in your practice. All are welcome.

2022-05-14 (8 days) Spirit Rock Meditation Center

2022-05-16 No escape other than into the heart (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 50:42
Matthew Brensilver
2022-05-17 Guided Meditation on Body and Affect (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 59:22
Matthew Brensilver
2022-05-17 Metta When Stuff is Hard (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 28:41
Cara Lai
The basics of the Brahma Viharas and some ways to practice Metta when times are tough and you're not really into it.
2022-05-18 Guided Meditation - Grief and Compassion (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 30:49
Matthew Brensilver
2022-05-19 Opening to Emotions 34:22
Cara Lai
How the middle way of the Buddha can teach us to skillfully navigate emotions.
2022-05-19 Love as the Default Position of the Mind 51:07
Matthew Brensilver
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