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Retreat Dharma Talks

Healing the heart, refining the mind, finding freedom

In the Buddha’s teaching, going on retreat can be understood as a powerful form of “taking refuge,” by temporarily retreating from our external responsibilities to take care of our inner life.
The peaceful natural environment of Te Moata supports deep rest and renewal, which in turn, supports the strengthening of our inner resources, our connection with sangha/community and our capacity to live with more ease and freedom in whatever circumstances we find ourselves in.

2022-08-26 (10 days) Te Moata Retreat Center

2022-08-30 18 instructions: mindfulness of mindfulness 6:50
Jill Shepherd
Bringing awareness to the quality of mindfulness itself, and changing to different "styles" of mindfulness to help the mind stay balanced.
2022-08-30 21 talk: Working with Afflictive Thought Patterns 46:52
Jill Shepherd
Exploring common afflictive thought-patterns such as lack mind, comparing mind and the inner critic, and orienting to wisdom and compassion to help them release
2022-08-31 22 instructions: mindfulness of mind 15:13
Jill Shepherd
Bringing awareness to mental activity: thoughts, emotions, moods and mind-states, and training in knowing the process of thinking without getting involved in the content of the thoughts
2022-08-31 23 meditation: mindfulness of mind 28:55
Jill Shepherd
Beginning with mindfulness of breathing, physical sensations and sounds, then bringing awareness to mental activity
2022-09-01 27 instructions: compassion 19:31
Jill Shepherd
A brief exploration of some of the challenges to practising compassion, and ways to help stay balanced
2022-09-01 28 meditation: compassion and self-compassion 21:45
Jill Shepherd
Beginning with compassion for a good friend, then oneself
2022-09-01 29 talk: Awakening Factors of Tranquility and Samādhi 42:09
Jill Shepherd
2022-09-02 30 meditation: spaciousness 43:10
Jill Shepherd
Tuning into space as a support for spaciousness of mind
2022-09-02 33 talk: Anattā and the Five Clinging-Aggregates 42:02
Jill Shepherd
2022-09-03 34 instructions: equanimity 12:54
Jill Shepherd
Orienting to impermanence and not-self as supports for strengthening equanimity as we come to the end of the retreat
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