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Retreat Dharma Talks

Insight Meditation 1-Month Retreat

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 interviews.

2008-03-01 (28 days) Spirit Rock Meditation Center

2008-03-07 What Kind Of Effort? 51:10
Anna Douglas
Exploring the different kinds of effort needed as our practice matures. This talk is meant for both senior students and those new to practice.
2008-03-10 Paradox And Awakening 62:55
Eugene Cash
How do we make sense of the differing and sometimes contradictory teachings we hear; one of the fruits of practice is the resolution of paradox.
2008-03-11 The Three Characteristics And Their Subtle Expressions 55:25
John Travis
2008-03-12 Papanca - The Unbidden Wandering Of Mind 51:04
Anna Douglas
As mindfulness deepens, we can uncover the 4 root causes of getting lost in our thinking, as well as remembering the aliveness of being when we step aside from thinking.
2008-03-13 Rain - Difficult Emotions As A Path To Awakening 52:52
Trudy Goodman
This is a talk on working with difficult emotions and how they can be an expression of truth, a doorway to the Dharma.
2008-03-14 The River Of Life 48:21
Pamela Weiss
Exploring the ways that insight into impermanence deepens our appreciation for the beauty and mystery of life
2008-03-19 Us As The World And The World As Us: The Two Truths 43:07
Trudy Goodman
This is a talk about form, manifested as the personal, and emptiness, the vast universal activity of the Dharma - the two truths express in our lives as our practice deepens more and more clearly
2008-03-24 "The Spatula By The Toilet Shines With Light" 61:10
Eugene Cash
The Dharma opens us to a mystery--the mystery of awakening, of practice, of each moment. When we see through the eyes of mystery, the world reveals its inherent luminosity.
2008-03-25 All Beings Cheer You On 51:04
Anna Douglas
This talk, given at the end of a month long retreat, puts our practice in the context of a larger stream of awakening occurring on the planet.
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