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Wings of Awakening: Cultivating the Five Spiritual Faculties

The Buddha highlighted five spiritual faculties that need to be developed for awakening to manifest: trust, persistence, mindfulness, concentration and wisdom. As these qualities mature, their power carries us inexorably to the goal of nibbana, the timeless freedom from suffering that is always present. This retreat will explore and cultivate these faculties, using the body and mind as the ground of practice. Within an atmosphere of silent contemplation, daily instruction, meditation, chanting, discussion and optional qigong will be offered.

2009-12-11 (6 days) Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

2009-12-11 Wings Of Awakening Opening 49:51
That which inclines the mind to Nibbana, original brightness.
2009-12-12 Guided Meditation 26:54
Working with the three steams of energy, being with breath
2009-12-12 The Map Of The Five Indriyas 57:21
The five indriyas in their four aspects. The balance of trudst and discernment. Path activity breaks up obstruction, the fruit arises according to its own nature.
2009-12-13 Reading the Book of the Heart 38:13
Hindrances as the teacher, cultivating trust. Mindfulness is the path to the deathless. That which knows doubt isn't doubt.
2009-12-13 If you understand one thing, you understand everything's journey 45:58
Meeting Ajahn Chah, All that arises passes. Patience and finding your own voice.
2009-12-14 Mindfulness; The Flood Stopper 42:07
Centrality of mindfulness in the contemplative process. Khandas as self structure. Transformation within the womb of awareness.
2009-12-14 The Four Truths 54:33
The Buddha's journey of awakeningspeaks to our lives here and now. Meeting dukka, illuminating nature of desire, a non-grasping mind and cultivation of the way.
2009-12-15 The Host and the Guest 27:30
Wisdom surmounts all conditions. All condition merge in the deathless. A contemplation of the 3rd Noble Truth.
2009-12-16 Touching Earth 7:04
Centering in the midst of change.
2009-12-16 Closing Remarks and Q&A 56:28
Not being frightened of suffering, daily life, working in relationship and with sickness.
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