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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.

2008-11-01 (43 days) Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

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2008-11-21 Unity Of Compassion And Emptiness 61:24
Carol Wilson
Lots of stories exploring Compassion and Emptiness
2008-11-22 Dana - The Practice Of Generosity 51:40
Greg Scharf
Cultivating generosity a foundation for insight and liberation - including discussions of merit and the practice of gratitude.
2008-11-27 Practicing Gratitude And Joy 56:49
Sally Armstrong
On this day of thanksgiving, it is important to remember what we are actually celebrating: the generosity of Native Americans to the early settlers, and all that they have given us. It is also a day to be grateful for all the blessings in our lives, and to bring a sense of appreciation to the beauty and joy that is all around us. As we incline the mind towards noticing what we are grateful for, we find an increased sense of well-being and happiness in our lives.
2008-11-28 Insight, Views, And Opening To The Mystery 62:39
Carol Wilson
Walls we may hit in our path of practice.
2008-11-29 The First Buddhist Nuns 56:57
Greg Scharf
Stories and poems of the first Buddhist nuns drawn from the Therigatha and other sources within the Pali Cannon.
2008-11-30 From Ignorance Come Impulses 61:21
Guy Armstrong
The first two links of dependent origination say that ignorance gives rise to volitional formations, or impulses. This talk describes successive layers of obscurations that form from ignorance, to a belief in self, to afflictive emotions, to unskillful actions. The path undoes these layers by focusing, in order, on virtue, meditation, and wisdom, finally penetrating to Nibbana.
2008-12-05 The Fourth Foundation Of Mindfulness 59:09
Sally Armstrong
The Satipatthana Sutta (usually translated as the Foundations of Mindfulness) offers a complete description of the practice of mindfulness, beginning with the direct awareness of the breath and the body, progressing through mindfulness of vedana or feeling tone, to the more subtle object of the Third Foundation, mindfulness of mind states. The Fourth Foundation of Mindfulness represents the culmination of this series of practices, and can be seen as a direct pointing, again and again, to the possibility of freedom through direct awareness of where we get caught, and how to turn the mind towards liberation. This talk is an overview of the practices of the Fourth Foundation, which can be seen as both the last in the sequence of practices, and as a progression in itself. It also covers how the Fourth Foundation can actually be skillfully interwoven into our practice of the other foundations.
2008-12-07 Karma And The End Of Karma 59:31
Guy Armstrong
Understanding how karma works gives us clear guidelines to find simple human happiness or the highest happiness of liberation, which is described as the end of karma. The talk also describes how the working of karma depends on the truth of not-self (anatta).
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