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Retreat Dharma Talks

Creative, Living Dharma: practising with the similes of the Buddha

Imagery and metaphor were central to the way that the Buddha taught. This retreat takes a deeper, contemplative dive into some of the similes of the early Buddhist texts. As we cultivate the meditative skills of samatha (calm abiding) and metta (loving kindness), we draw on both this rich tradition and our own contemporary experience. Observing the world within and around us, we can breathe life into these timeless wisdom teachings and uncover their liberating potential for ourselves.

2022-06-20 (7 days) Gaia House

  
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2022-06-21 Morning Instructions 56:41
Jaya Rudgard
Anapanasati (mindfulness of breathing) and the simile of the wood turner: how we relate to our meditation object.
2022-06-21 Guided Body Scan Meditation 39:55
Caroline Jones
2022-06-21 Dharma Talk 46:59
Jaya Rudgard
Images of the practice: the metaphors of the path, the stream the raft and the garden. How different images contribute to our understanding of what we are doing.
2022-06-22 Morning Instructions 48:45
Caroline Jones
Similes of mindfulness.
2022-06-22 Dharma Talk 48:15
Caroline Jones
The five hindrances and similes.
2022-06-23 Morning Instructions 25:48
Jaya Rudgard
Mindfulness of mind states.
2022-06-23 Guided Meditation 41:05
Caroline Jones
Guided Meditation on the Brahma Viharas, using the imagery of four beautiful rooms.
2022-06-23 Dharma Talk 53:30
Jaya Rudgard
The five khandhas of form, feeling, perception, sankharas and consciousness and their similes. Perspectives that support letting go.
2022-06-24 Reflections and Guided Meditation on Equanimity 38:51
Jaya Rudgard
2022-06-24 Guided Big Mind Meditation 37:47
Caroline Jones
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