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Metta (Lovingkindness) and Upekkha (Equanimity) Retreat

This retreat begins with the teachings and practice of metta, bringing a focus and steadiness to our heart and mind. As we open to a more accepting, expansive and loving heart, fearlessness and self-confidence are strengthened and our fundamental interconnectedness with all life is revealed. With metta as our ground, the course will gradually take us towards the teachings and practice of upekkha. This brings a clear-seeing acceptance and balance of mind, allowing us to relate to all that comes and goes within and around us with greater understanding and ease.

2009-12-18 (6 days) Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

2009-12-18 Opening Talk with refuges and precepts 1:16:25
Marcia Rose
2009-12-19 Morning Instructions 54:43
Pat Coffey
Emphasizing the cultivation of greater samadhi
2009-12-19 Wise Concentration 67:33
Marcia Rose
An overview of the teaching of sila/virtues, samadhi/concentration and panna/wisdom - insight with a detailed emphasis on the practice and fruits of concentration practice.
2009-12-20 Challenges To Concentration 1:11:01
Pat Coffey
Benefits of samadhi, challenges to it's cultivation and practical skilful means to overcome those challenges.
2009-12-21 Morning Instructions 43:37
Pat Coffey
2009-12-21 The Joy and Healing Capacities of Samadhi. 65:55
Pat Coffey
Deepened samadhi onto jhana is described as well as the capacity for samadhi to assist in healing trauma.
2009-12-22 Morning Instructions 42:57
Marcia Rose
Review of instructions given in the last three days. In addition, a reflection on recognizing vitaka, vicara, piti, and sukha. When they are being experienced and to what degree with acknowledgment and appreciation.
2009-12-22 Closing Talk - "Practice Here and There - Practice Everywhere" 61:07
Marcia Rose
Taking practice out of the intensive retreat and settling into the larger world of our daily lives.
2009-12-22 Chant - Sharing Of The Blessing 3:01
Marcia Rose
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