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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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2007-11-27 Guided Meditation On Equanimity 45:49
Sharda Rogell
This is a 45 minute introduction and a guided meditation on Equanimity. By repeating certain phrases, we can decondition our reactive attitude and open our heart to the way things are.
2007-11-28 Questions And Answers 65:20
Joseph Goldstein
Questions and Answers
2007-12-02 Turning The Mind Towards Equanimity 54:58
Sharda Rogell
This talk explores two of the Buddha's discourses that teach how to establish equanimity associated with insight. He teaches us what leads to more happiness and what leads to more suffering, and essentially, how we can cultivate more pleasure in our lives.
2007-12-03 Loving-Kindness And Gratitude 61:04
Guy Armstrong
The four divine abidings show us a way to hold all the joys and sorrows of life. This talk focuses principally on the qualities of loving-kindness, which overcomes isolation and connects us to all of life; and gratitude, as a form of appreciative joy that leads to greater contentment and well-being.
2007-12-07 Eight Worldly Conditions 58:49
Sally Armstrong
The world spins around the alternating pairs of gain and loss, praise and blame, fame and disrepute, and happiness and unhappiness. When we bring them into our awareness, we see how much of our time and energy is spent trying to create and hold on to the positive ones, and avoid or get rid of the negative ones. If we see with wisdom, we realize that these conditions are always operating no matter what we do, and that the skillful way to respond to them is to come to a clearer understanding of what actually brings us true happiness and a sense of well-being, and to cultivate that, rather than chase after gain, praise, fame, and superficial happiness.
2007-12-09 Practice In Daily Life 59:34
Andrea Fella
Bring mindfulness into daily life is a challenging aspect of our practice. Using specific practices for daily life helps to bring the thread of mindfulness throughout our days.
2007-12-12 Joseph's Dharma Story - part 2 67:13
Joseph Goldstein
Joseph's Dharma Story Part 2
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