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Retreat Dharma Talks

Three-Month Retreat - Part 1

This six-week partial of the three-month course 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 silent retreat will encourage a balanced attitude of relaxation and alertness, and the continuity of practice based on the Buddha’s Four Foundations of Mindfulness.

2018-09-11 (43 days) Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

2018-09-19 Guided Meditation On A Mindfulness Of Pain. 33:51
Bhante Buddharakkhita
Meeting pain with mindfulness not helps us to gain a deeper understanding of our relationship with pain but also to gain insight knowledge into impermanence, unsatisfactoriness and non-self.
2018-09-20 Bringing wisdom and compassion to the judging mind 59:57
Sally Armstrong
Many of us have a tendency to be critical and judgmental of ourselves and others. In meditation, this habit can seem quite strong and can create a lot of suffering. But mindfulness is a wonderful tool to enable us to see these thoughts for what they are, so we can begin to bring wisdom and understanding to them. The good news is, like any conditioned habit, we can learn to decondition them.
2018-09-21 Opening To Dukkha and the Arising Of Faith 50:35
Greg Scharf
2018-09-22 Morning Guided Meditation and Reflection 53:27
Greg Scharf
2018-09-23 Morning Guided Meditation Instructions On Vedana. 45:46
Jaya Rudgard
2018-09-23 The DukkhaThat Is Craving 48:13
Jaya Rudgard
Tanha - craving and the abandonment of craving, the second and third Nobel Truths.
2018-09-24 Morning Instructions: Intention 49:55
Andrea Fella
2018-09-24 Exploring Vedana (Feeling Tone) 63:33
Andrea Fella
2018-09-25 Q&A 35:25
Bhante Buddharakkhita
2018-09-27 3 Kinds of Intention 58:57
Sally Armstrong
3 Kinds of Intention To develop any skill, to fully cultivate any qualities in our lives, particularly on the Buddhist path, we need to engage with three kinds of intention that operate on different time frames. Cetana is the moment-to-moment intention, the urge to do, that we can bring into the field of our mindfulness practice. The next level, Adhitthana, is usually translated as resolve or determination and is one of the paramis. The highest level is Samma Sankappa, right or wise intention. This is the second path factor, after right view, so it is the kind of intention developed by right view. There are three kinds of Right intention - the intention towards renunciation, non-ill will, and non-harming. These skillful intentions can then inform our choices and actions (Adhitthanas), which we keep in mind through awareness of moment-to-moment intentions, or cetana.
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