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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 Mahāsi 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.

2022-09-13 (43 days) Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

  
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2022-09-14 Morning Instructions 55:32
Guy Armstrong
Introducing the modified meditation instructions from Mahasi Sayadaw, beginning by choosing an anchor in breath, body posture, or sounds.
2022-09-15 Morning Instructions 56:45
Carol Wilson
2022-09-15 Samma Sati 60:38
Sally Armstrong
What is mindfulness, and what was the Buddha talking about when he encouraged us to practice it? Right mindfulness, or Samma Sati, develops wisdom and understanding, decreasing unwholesome states of mind, and increasing wholesomeness.
2022-09-16 Mindfulness of Breathing 56:52
Guy Armstrong
The foremost meditation practice in the Theravadan tradition. There are many benefits and also some potential obstacles in this practice.
2022-09-18 Aspiration and resolution: Saddha and Adhiṭṭhāna 51:23
Carol Wilson
2022-09-20 Morning Instructions: Mindfulness of sensations in the body, with special attention to bodily pain. 60:24
Guy Armstrong
2022-09-21 Morning instructions – emotions 59:14
Carol Wilson
2022-09-22 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 this pattern.
2022-09-23 Morning instructions and guided meditation 58:45
Greg Scharf
Bringing mindfulness to thoughts and thinking
2022-09-23 Concentration 63:10
Guy Armstrong
Concentration as a unification of mind brings stability of attention and is the foundation for liberating insight. Benefits of Samatha and vipassana. What blocks concentration and how to develop it in the retreat setting.
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