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Retreat Dharma Talks

Finding the Way Home to Natural Awareness

On this retreat, we will explore the heart of the Buddha’s teaching: suffering and its causes, and freedom and its causes. With the help and cultivation of our natural and relaxed awareness, we can become intimate with what it is like to be human.

We will train our ability to bear witness to our personal and social pains, and will immerse ourselves in timeless teachings to incline our hearts and minds toward appreciating the joy of living.

By taking refuge in a loving and kind awareness, we can slow down to listen to the truths of the present moment and find peace in our own awakened hearts.

2023-02-14 (8 days) Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

2023-02-15 Body elements meditation instruction – day one 64:09
DaRa Williams
What can be available by grounding in the body and the body's relationship to natural elements even as we engage the breath and sound
2023-02-15 Inviting Kindness 59:34
Bart van Melik
A guided meditation to invite kindness, care, and goodwill
2023-02-16 Loving Kindness - circle of benefactors 50:06
DaRa Williams
Receptive, guided meditation with loving kindness
2023-02-17 Meditation Instructions on Feelings 63:38
Bart van Melik
2023-02-17 Treasure in the hindrances. 51:39
DaRa Williams
Reflections on the hindrances, and what engaging with that practice of mindfulness brings. A way to deconstruct the hindrances as a problem with suffering and appreciate the treasure that is possible.
2023-02-19 Forgiveness and joy: companions on the journey to freedom 45:09
DaRa Williams
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