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Retreat Dharma Talks

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.

07PT2 073MO

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

2007-11-15 Nature Of Insight 64:25
Carol Wilson
Nature of Insight
2007-11-16 The Seven Factors Of Enlightenment 57:33
Sally Armstrong
The seven factors are beautiful qualities of mind that can be developed to support our meditative practice.
2007-11-18 What Is True Compassion? 53:06
Sharda Rogell
We usually view difficulties in our life as obstacles or inconveniences, but when we turn toward them as our path to awakening, the expression of our understanding is Compassion.
2007-11-19 Second Noble Truth: Craving 60:31
Guy Armstrong
The second noble truth points to craving (tanha) as the origin of suffering. The talk describes three kinds of craving: for sense pleasures, existence and non-existence.
2007-11-20 Guided Meditation - Mudita 46:28
Sally Armstrong
Mudita or the practice of sympathetic joy opens us to the possibilities of increasing our sense of well-being and happiness. The haqppiness of others when directed towards ourselves, is manifesting as gratitude for the blessings in our life
2007-11-21 Self And Selfness 61:58
Joseph Goldstein
The creation of concepts and the view of self.
2007-11-23 Transcendent Dependent Origination 58:46
Sally Armstrong
In the teaching on Transcendent Dependent Origination, the Buddha gives us a map for our spiritual journey, beginning with the common human condition of suffering, which, when opened to with wisdom, leads to faith and many other beautiful qualities. These qualities support the deepening that leads to liberation.
2007-11-24 Exploring Vedena - Feeling Tone 51:01
Andrea Fella
Exploring the pleasant, unpleasant, and neutral feeling tone of our experience, we have the opportunity to witness the birth of reactivity to that feeling tone, which allows us to deeply understand the nature of our suffering. In this understanding of suffering are the seeds of freedom.
2007-11-25 Sakkaya Ditthi: Who Do I Take Myself To Be? 58:00
Sharda Rogell
Our mind becomes obsessed with three views that define who we take ourselves to be, me, mine and myself. Born from confusion about the way things are, we see ourselves and others in a narrow, contracted way and lose contact with our deepest nature. This talk is a clear and candid exploration that encourages practicing with awareness to find out what is true about this person I take myself to be.
2007-11-26 Third Noble Truth & Nibbana 61:06
Guy Armstrong
This talk explores the third noble truth, or the end of suffering, also described as Nibbana. Nibbana is seen as a transcendent dimension of our being accessible in any moment. Practices that approach this unconditioned element are described also.
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