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Retreat Dharma Talks

Insight Meditation Solstice Retreat

2014-12-16 (8 days) Spirit Rock Meditation Center

2014-12-17 Bodyness 40:33
John Travis
Knowing the body without stories.
2014-12-18 Practicing with Darkness and Light 57:27
Donald Rothberg
At the time of the winter solstice, we explore, through teachings, stories, and poetry, how we can embrace the dark - in stopping and being still, in opening to the unknown and to mystery, in being with difficulties, and in creativity and the coming of what is new - and open to the light, as it emerges from the dark.
2014-12-19 The Heart of Mindfulness: The Four Foundations and The Divine Abodes 63:22
Heather Sundberg
This talk brings together the awakened states of metta, compassion, joy and equanimity into our Four Foundations of Mindfulness practice. Filled with stories, laughter and song.
2014-12-20 Taking the Center Seat 49:09
John Travis
Drawing on the Thai Forest Tradition, in particular Ajahn Mun, Ajahn Chah and Ajahn Maha Boowa, we explore the image of the one seat as a pointer to freedom.
2014-12-21 The Journey of Awakening 61:17
Donald Rothberg
Using as reference points Mary Oliver's poem, "The Journey", the story of the Buddha's life, and our own experiences, we outline the archetypal stages of the spiritual journey from the taken-for-granted habitual life, to receiving "heavenly messengers" putting that life in question, to shifting our core life intentions, to working with challenges, to awakening, and, finally, to a return to the "ordinary" world.
2014-12-22 Coming to Life: Four Noble Truths in Daily Life. 61:17
Heather Sundberg
Practical examples and tools for living these teachings in our lives.
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