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Retreat Dharma Talks

February Insight Meditation One Month Retreat

2023-01-28 (29 days) Spirit Rock Meditation Center

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2023-01-29 An Overview of Practice on a Long Retreat (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 54:51
Sally Armstrong
This talk offers a big picture view of all of the different supports, practices and intentions that are helpful during long retreat practice.
2023-01-30 Introduction to Metta (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 58:21
Susie Harrington
introduction to Metta, guided meditation with phrases for self and benefactor
2023-02-01 Wise Effort: Finding Balance and Inclining toward the Wholesome 60:23
James Baraz
Two aspects of Wise Effort are explored: 1) how do we know if we're doing too little, too much or just enough with regard to effort in practice? and 2) the four aspects of wise efforts are discussed with particular emphasis on the importance of cultivating and increasing wholesome states.
2023-02-05 The First Foundation of Mindfulness 60:08
Sally Armstrong
Exploring the teachings from the Satipatthana sutta on practicing mindfulness of the body.
2023-02-09 Transforming suffering into happiness (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 58:51
James Baraz
Every moment of mindfulness we are weakening the forces of greed, hatred & delusion (roots of suffering) and strengthening the forces of non-greed (letting go & generosity), non-hatred (loving-kindness) and non-delusion (wisdom). This talk explains how that works.
2023-02-10 Metta for All Beings (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 45:47
Anushka Fernandopulle
Wishing well for all beings in a variety of ways
2023-02-10 Seven Factors: Part 1 Arousing Factors (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 56:21
Susie Harrington
This talk describes Investigation, Energy, and Joy in the context of the Seven Factors and intensive retreat.
2023-02-13 Big Mind Meditation (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 58:31
James Baraz
This guided meditation, originally created by Joseph Goldstein, shifts the subject of attention from objects to the awareness that knows.
2023-02-13 Intro and Guided Meditation for Karuna 59:07
Susie Harrington
Afternoon introduction to Karuna practice using felt sense and phrases.
2023-02-16 Fear as Practice (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 62:41
James Baraz
Learning to work skillfully with fear can change if from enemy to ally in our practice, since it is often a signal of moving from the familiar to new territory. As we learn to let go of the illusion of control we transform fear into genuine trust.
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