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Cultivating Equanimity: The Happiness of a Heart in Balance and Peace

Equanimity is a crown jewel of Buddhist practice, the unshakable balance of mind-heart born of the perfection of wisdom and love. It is neither aloof nor cool, as mistakenly imagined, but imbues the heart with tremendous stability and caring presence to neither push away nor drown in experience. Equanimity is the fourth and final brahmavihāra (heavenly dwelling), imbuing lovingkindness, compassion, and vicarious joy with balance. As the seventh factor of awakening, its development is needed for advancing in the path. It guards the mind-heart in the midst of the eight worldly winds of gain/loss, fame/disrepute, pleasure/pain, and praise/blame, which afflict our human lives at one time or another. Equanimity is such a rich and deep teaching that the Visuddhimagga (Path of Purification), teaches ten different types of equanimity. Cultivating equanimity is paramount for a heart-mind in balance, peace, and happiness at every stage of our practice.

This retreat is silent except for teacher-led Q&A, small groups, or other practice meetings.

2023-11-27 (7 days) Spirit Rock Meditation Center

2023-11-28 Guided Meditation: Mindfulness of the Body and the Breath 1:12:56
Nikki Mirghafori, Bonnie Duran, Sylvia Boorstein
2023-11-28 The Evolution of Intention: The Buddha, Maha Ghosananda and All of Us (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 63:13
Sylvia Boorstein
2023-11-29 Developing Peace in the Breath and the Body (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 59:13
Sylvia Boorstein
2023-11-29 Third Foundation: Mindfulness of Mind (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 57:58
Bonnie Duran
2023-11-30 Guided Meditation: Third Foundation (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 55:44
Bonnie Duran
2023-11-30 What is Equanimity Anyway? And Is It Worth Cultivating? (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 59:43
Nikki Mirghafori
2023-12-01 Guided Meditation: Equanimity and the Feeling Tone (Vedana) (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 57:35
Nikki Mirghafori
2023-12-01 How Wisdom Grows (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 56:55
Sylvia Boorstein
2023-12-02 Instructions for Everything (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 55:43
Sylvia Boorstein
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