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February Insight Meditation Retreat--1 Month

An extended period of retreat offers the rare opportunity for sustained and dedicated practice. This retreat emphasizes quieting the mind, opening the heart, and developing profound clarity and depth of Insight practice. Instruction will follow the traditional four foundations of mindfulness, combined with training in lovingkindness and compassion, through a daily schedule of silent sitting, walking, Dharma talks, and practice meetings with teachers.

2024-02-03 (29 days) Spirit Rock Meditation Center

2024-02-11 Wholesome Mind States (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 59:34
John Martin
2024-02-11 Mindfulness of Feeling Tone (Vedana) (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 62:09
Andrea Fella
2024-02-12 Bringing Mindfulness to Thoughts and Thinking (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 58:17
Jaya Rudgard
Part 1 of 2 days of instructions on mindfulness of thinking.
2024-02-12 Forgiveness (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 44:07
Kim Allen
Forgiveness practice complements and strengthens brahma-vihara practice. It can also clear subtle obstacles, allowing concentration and insight practice to deepen.
2024-02-12 The Fragility of Life 32:33
Devin Berry
compassion reflections and stories
2024-02-13 Impermanence (Anicca) & Not-Self (Anatta) (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 50:07
Tara Mulay
2024-02-14 Understanding Dukkha (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 42:25
Kim Allen
This talk explains the three types of dukkha, and the distinction between dukkha as a universal characteristic and dukkha as a noble truth.
2024-02-15 Seven Factors of Awakening (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 52:04
John Martin
2024-02-16 Introducing Choiceless Attention (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 59:19
Jaya Rudgard
2024-02-16 Trust (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 59:47
James Baraz
With so many strategies and messages about how to practice, how do we know the "right" way to practice? The Buddha said ultimately you should "be a lamp onto yourself." This comes down to trusting the wisdom inside. How can we discern the wisdom voice from the voices rooted in fear and confusion? This talk includes the 5 strategies offered by the Buddha to work skillfully with distracting thoughts.
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