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Emptiness: A Meditation and Study Retreat

The teachings, practices and realizations of Emptiness have been important themes in Buddhism from the early days of Theravada on through the development of the Mahayana and Vajrayana schools. In this retreat we will introduce and explore the many meanings and implications of emptiness in Buddhist thought and practice through talks, readings, reflections, guided meditations and group discussions.
2010-11-11 (8 days) Spirit Rock Meditation Center

  
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2010-11-15 Emptying the Mind 40:25
  Gil Fronsdal
Guided Meditation on emptying the mind of all concepts to the point of letting go of attachments.
2010-11-15 Emptiness and Letting Go 57:40
  Gil Fronsdal
How emptiness is experienced through the letting go of clinging and concepts.
2010-11-15 Dependent Origination As a Pointer to Emptiness 57:34
  Sally Clough Armstrong
The Buddha's teaching on Dependent Origination are among his most profound and challenging. This teaching clearly shows how ignorance leads to suffering, and implicit in this is the way out of suffering.
2010-11-16 Big Mind Guided Meditation 44:15
  Guy Armstrong
2010-11-16 The Empty Nature of Awareness 68:12
  Guy Armstrong
We can be aware of many objects in meditation. It's also possible to turn our attention to awareness itself. The talk explores what happens when we do this. Is awareness findable? Does it come and go? Is it conditioned? And what is the value of meditating like this?
2010-11-16 Emptiness in the Mahayana 64:19
  Gil Fronsdal
2010-11-17 Compassion Needs Emptiness 47:03
  Sally Clough Armstrong
True compassion needs space to function. The less self-obsessed we are, the more responsive and connected our hearts can be.
2010-11-17 Teachings on the Practice of Reflection 20:33
  Sally Clough Armstrong
Teachings on the practice of reflections, and duided reflections on what inspired and challenged you in the Emptiness Retreat, and what you will take home with you.
2010-11-17 Emptiness and Karma 60:13
  Guy Armstrong
At first glance it might seem the teaching of karma, in which our actions bring results to ourselves, might be in contradiction to the understanding that our experience is empty of a self. However, the two teachings on emptiness and karma actually need each other for liberation to be possible.
2010-11-18 Closing Morning Talk on Emptiness 46:06
  Gil Fronsdal
Brief overview of emptiness.
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