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Retreat Dharma Talks

June 2023

2023-06-01 (30 days) Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge

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2023-06-01 Refuges, Precepts and Opening talk 1:24:39
Sayadaw Vivekananda
After illustrating the importance of wisdom by relating a Jataka tale, Sayadaw spoke about the Buddha, the practice of satipatthana for the development of intuitive wisdom.
2023-06-02 Practice Instructions 69:43
Sayadaw Vivekananda
Sayadaw gives detailed instructions for sitting, walking and observation of everything else, (ie, general activities).
2023-06-02 Fundamentals of Satipatthana 1:21:41
Sayadaw Vivekananda
After laying down the scriptural foundations for this talk, Sayadaw explains that mindfulness does not occur alone: it has companions, namely, ardent effort & clear comprehension, as well as concentration.
2023-06-07 How does one gain wisdom? 49:01
Sayadaw Vivekananda
We learned last night that two factors are the proximate causes for wisdom to arise, namely, wise consideration, (yoniso manasikara), and concentration. This talk further examines the factors which contribute to the arising of wisdom.
2023-06-12 A Further Exploration of Wisdom 57:26
Sayadaw Vivekananda
After recapping the previous day's discussion of factors which promote wisdom, Sayadaw illuminted the way that wisdom knows, by comparing it with perception and conciousness, which also have the quality of understanding, and how wisdom unfolds in the early days of one's practice.
2023-06-13 The Unfolding of Wisdom, continued 54:11
Sayadaw Vivekananda
Sayadaw discusses the gradual nature of the development of wisdom, beginning with a description of physical and mental "symptoms" which can coincide with specific stages of knowledge. Wisdom unfolds gradually and systematically. When conditions are complete, then realization occurs suddenly.
2023-06-15 Further Aspects of Wisdom 61:16
Sayadaw Vivekananda
Sayadaw first discusses the four modes of practice and then explains how the development of intuitive wisdom functions to purify the yogi's view, perception and mind.
2023-06-19 The Enlightenment Factors 65:02
Sayadaw Vivekananda
This talk introduces the seven Enlightenment Factors, (bojjhangas), and gives an explanation of the enlightenment factor of Investigation of States, Dhamma Vicaya Sambojjhanga.
2023-06-21 Practicing as if one's clothes were on fire 63:55
Sayadaw Vivekananda
This talk on spiritual urgency is intended to inspire, encourage and clearly support the yogis' practice while furthering their understanding of wisdom.
2023-06-22 Wisdom, Its Arousing and Development 1:11:51
Sayadaw Vivekananda
This talk discusses the knowledge of viewing formations with balance, Sankharupekkha Nana.
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