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Retreat Dharma Talks

Two-Month Retreat

This two-month course, including its one-month partials, is a special time for practice. Because of its extended length and ongoing guidance, it is an 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 Buddha’s Four Foundations of Mindfulness.

2009-09-26 (57 days) Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

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2009-10-31 Motivations , Agenda, and Aspirations 60:22
Winnie Nazarko
Being aware of agendas we bring to practice and how they may hinder or support our progress. Letting go of complexification to rest in simplicity.
2009-11-01 Five Contemplations For Everyone 61:04
Greg Scharf
Five contemplations recommended by the Buddha that can lead to a sense of spiritual urgency or Samvega
2009-11-05 Five Aggregates 59:22
Pascal Auclair
Given during the two month retreat at IMS, 2009
2009-11-06 Dukka - Three Kinds Of Suffering 59:52
Rebecca Bradshaw
The first Noble Truth of Dukkha is to be understood deeply on out journey to freedom.
2009-11-07 Joining Our Practice With Others 60:15
Winnie Nazarko
We are deeply connected with others and experience their pain as well as own own. Learning to relate to out own difficulty strengthens our capacity for compassionate presence with others.
2009-11-08 Dana: Generosity As The Foundation Of Practice 61:30
Greg Scharf
One description the path of practice is as the ripening of the 10 paramis. This ties directly to the 3 trainings in Dana, Sila and Bahavana. This talk explains the practice of generosity as the foundation for out practice.
2009-11-11 Guided Metta Meditation - Neutral and Difficult Person 45:52
Greg Scharf
A short introduction to working with the neutraland difficult person - Followed by a guided Metta meditation
2009-11-12 6 1/2 Awakening Factors 60:37
Pascal Auclair
Given during the 2009 2 month retreat at IMS
2009-11-14 The First Buddhist Nuns 56:40
Greg Scharf
The Therigatha is a collection of enlightenment poems of the first Buddhist Nuns. The stories of the lives of these remarkable women and their poems of awakening can serve as a great inspiration to us as we follow in their footsteps.
2009-11-15 Getting And Not Getting 51:07
Greg Scharf
Much of our conditioning is about getting and having (things, experiences, etc) Our path in meditation and dharma practice is much more about letting go, relinquishment and surrender.
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