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Dharma Talks Access for Retreatants

Concentration Retreat

2009-05-10 (11 days) Spirit Rock Meditation Center

2009-05-11 The Art and Skill of Samadhi 58:19
  Eugene Cash
2009-05-12 Factors That Support and Hinder Concentration 58:22
  Sally Clough Armstrong
Any time we practice mindfulness and wise attention, we are weakening the impact of the hindrances, and strengthening what are known as the five jhanic factors: meditative qualities that support the continuity and deepening of our meditation. Each of the jhanic factors actually balances and acts as an antidote to one of the hindrances. This talk looks at how to strengthen the jhanic factors, and use them skillfully as antidotes to the hindrances.
2009-05-13 Seven Factors of Awakening 55:09
  Adrianne Ross
How the seven factors of awakening support and balance our practice bringing joy, ease and wisdom.
2009-05-14 Samadhi - Don't Worry, Be Happy 58:40
  Richard Shankman
2009-05-15 The Path of Samadhi 66:04
  Eugene Cash
2009-05-16 Supports for Samadhi: An overview of the Buddha’s teachings on some of the beautiful qualities of mind and heart that lead to deepening concentration. 55:22
  Sally Clough Armstrong
The role of concentration is central to the Buddha’s teaching. This can be seen by the emphasis placed on it in some of the key Buddhist lists, such as the Noble Eightfold Path, the Five Spiritual Faculties, the Seven Factors Of Awakening and the 12 links of Transcendent Dependent Arising. This talk looks at the qualities we can develop in our practice that support concentration, such as faith, mindfulness, happiness and contentment.
2009-05-17 The Song and Heart of Metta 55:07
  Adrianne Ross
2009-05-18 The Role of Samadhi in the Four Foundations of Mindfulness 60:10
  Richard Shankman
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