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Retreat Dharma Talks

July 2023

2023-07-01 (31 days) Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge

2023-07-08 Talk #4: All of Life in One Breath 47:41
Sayadaw U Jagara
A review of the first tetrad discussing adjusting the mode of observation. For samatha mode, the preliminary signs of breath touch is calmed to a perception of the feint effect of the breathing process.
2023-07-10 Morning Reflections #8: Calming Bodily Formations (Step 4) 35:00
Sayadaw U Jagara
Different perspectives offered for relaxing the bodily fabrications.
2023-07-10 Talk #5: Second Tetrad and Step 5 59:43
Nikki Mirghafori
Overview of the second tetrad, with emphasis on step five (piti); five kinds of piti presented and five jhanic factors as preparation for jhanas and antidotes to hinderances.
2023-07-11 Morning Reflections #9: Piti (Step 5) 40:56
Nikki Mirghafori
Reflections of various renditions of Piti from the Patisambhidamagga. And the natural cascade of arising of piti through the Seven Factors of Awakening, as outlined in the Anapanasati Sutta.
2023-07-12 Morning Reflections #10: Sukka (Step 6) 39:49
Sayadaw U Jagara
Reflections on two sources of sukka: the object and the body. Three signs for the quality of observation for sukkha: sign of effort, sign of samadhi, sign of equanimity. ( AN:3,102)
2023-07-12 Talk #6: The Second Tetrad 50:49
Sayadaw U Jagara
The objctive of the Second Tetrad is discussed in a broad framework - with doctrine readings and humor-filled anecdotes - to inspire us to reflect on our life's objective.
2023-07-13 Morning Reflections #11: Mental Formations (Step 7) 38:26
Nikki Mirghafori
Guided reflections to experience mental formations and knowing the inconstancy of perceptions (sahna or recognition) and feeling tones (vedana)
2023-07-14 Morning Reflections #12: The Four Elements 36:52
Sayadaw U Jagara
Reflections with the four elementsto develop a quality of observation refined by not-self.
2023-07-15 Morning Reflections #13: Calming Formations 40:15
Nikki Mirghafori
Letting go of mental formations by letting sanna (perceptions) and vedana (feeling tones) simply be. Selfing, (as contraction & craving), is distinguished from wholesome subjectivity.
2023-07-17 Morning Reflections #14: Steps 9 & 10 40:13
Sayadaw U Jagara
A guided practice of the steps leading to experiencing the mind (step 9) and g;addening the mind (step10).
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