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The Mysterious Way of the Heart: Where Wisdom and Compassion Meet

This retreat focuses on the embodiment of wisdom and compassion. Through the cultivation of samadhi (a gathering of our heart, mind and body energies), we establish a healing foundation for insight into our mistaken identification with patterns of self. As structures of the self are gently released from grasping and aversion, our heart knows the emptiness and peace of its original nature. Authentic, compassionate response and intuitive understanding arise, and the non-dual nature of emptiness and appearance is recognized.

2010-03-05 (10 days) Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

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2010-03-05 The Template and Blessing Chants 51:58
Arriving into a retreat and working within limitation. Being more "here". Calling on the ancestors, devas and earth spirits to bless and protect as the boundary of the retreat is set.
2010-03-06 How Is It Now? 41:49
Training in samadhi. Samadhi as healing. Gathering the three steams of energy, body, mental and heart into awareness. Gently training attention.
2010-03-06 The Eight Streams of Blessings. 54:49
A gradual path. Practice as preparation. An alignment with refuge here and now. Sangha as the relational field. Beyond morality. The chanting of ethics.
2010-03-07 Awakening 51:45
Meeting ourselves. Limitations of success and sense pleasure. The great reversal. The Buddha's journey. Knowing pleasure, pain, and beyond. Return to the original brightness.
2010-03-08 It Is Not As It Should Be. 40:55
Connecting with the actuality of body. Breath as a basis for samadhi. Cultivating support for stability here and now. Middle ground between pleasure and pain.
2010-03-08 Discerning Mind and It's Activity 51:01
Bowing as inner attitude and as skillful means. A gathered heart and meeting obstruction. Compassion as capacity.
2010-03-09 Dhamma As Nature 39:52
Contemplating the nature of things. Transformation through seeing the nature of hindrance. Balance of samatha and vipassana.
2010-03-09 Waterfall Of Impermanence. 50:12
Working with disturbance. When the use of will fails. Leaning from sickness. Characteristics of existence. The island.
2010-03-10 Skill With Thought 32:54
Five skills to overcome obsessive and negative thought patterns. Skill in relationship with feelings. Working with "just this much".
2010-03-10 Handful Of Leaves 54:15
A teaching for humans, suffering or its end. Asking the world to give us more than it can. Letting be, a gateway to Nibbana.
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