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Three-Month Retreat - Part 2

The annual three-month course, including its six-week partials, is a special time for practice. Because of its extended length and ongoing guidance, it is a rare opportunity for students to deepen the powers of concentration, wisdom and compassion. Based on the meditation instructions of Mahasi Sayadaw and supplemented by a range of skillful means, this retreat will encourage a balanced attitude of relaxation and alertness, and the continuity of practice based on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness.

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2007-11-01 (43 days) Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

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2007-11-01 Right Attitude 31:28
Guy Armstrong
As we develop awareness of the objects of our experience, it is also important to be aware of our attitude to them. Is there greed, aversion or delusion; or is there non-greed, non-aversion or non-delusion?
2007-11-02 What Are We Doing Here And Why? 53:03
Sally Armstrong
This talk is about understanding what mindfulness is and why it is helpful to practice it
2007-11-03 Becoming Unhindered: The Five Difficult Mind States 57:04
Sharda Rogell
When we are identified with these five mind states they are called hindrances to seeing the way things actually are. Each one is explored along with skillful antidotes to overcome them.
2007-11-04 First Noble Truth: Suffering 56:12
Guy Armstrong
Suffering becomes a noble truth when it is fully understood. Then it is seen as a universal experience that connects us through compassion with all beings.
2007-11-08 Habits Of Mind 57:36
Carol Wilson
The practice of mindfulness is like swimming upstream against the habits of mind. We can learn to trust mindfulness rather than the habits.
2007-11-09 Working With The Judging Mind 55:46
Sally Armstrong
The voice of the inner critic is a huge source of suffering for many people. Learning to work skillfully with this voice allows us to develop an sense of respect and trust in ourselves that is essential for the deepening of our spiritual practice.
2007-11-10 What Versus Why 53:58
Andrea Fella
As human beings, we often try to understand our experience by asking the question “why”. But instead exploring “what” is happening, we can come to know the “why” of the present moment which opens to an understanding of the cause and effect nature of experience, and points towards to freedom.
2007-11-11 Leaving Your Comfort Zone 55:22
Sharda Rogell
Conditions in our life are always changing and out of our control. We search for peace in the conditions rather than realizing peace comes from accepting that they change and ultimately, we cannot control the way things are.
2007-11-12 Working With Difficult Emotions 61:10
Guy Armstrong
Emotions are expressed through a mood, body sensation, and thoughts. Mindfulness of these aspects is illustrated in the talk for desire, anger, sadness, and fear.
2007-11-14 Arising And Passing Away 54:13
Joseph Goldstein
The liberating wisdom of impermanence.
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