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Retreat Dharma Talks

March Insight 1 Month Retreat

An extended period of retreat offers the rare opportunity for sustained and dedicated practice. This retreat emphasizes quieting the mind, opening the heart, and developing profound clarity and depth of insight practice. Instruction will follow the traditional four foundations of mindfulness, combined with training in lovingkindness and compassion, through a daily schedule of silent sitting, walking, dharma talks and interview

2015-02-28 (29 days) Spirit Rock Meditation Center

2015-03-21 Brahma Vihara Day 21 Equanimity 38:07
Winnie Nazarko
2015-03-21 Seven Factors of Awakening 38:39
John Martin
These seven treasures of the practice are to be known, cultivated and brought into balance.
2015-03-22 Morning Instructions Day 21 2:12
John Martin
2015-03-22 Brahma Vihara Day 22 Equanimity 21:06
John Martin
2015-03-22 Cultivating the Heart of Inclusivity 58:02
Sylvia Boorstein
The talk includes the three most important phrases in the Metta Sutta.
2015-03-23 Morning Instruction Day 22 2:02
Sylvia Boorstein
2015-03-23 Brahma Vihara Day 23 Equanimity 41:09
Donald Rothberg
2015-03-23 Integrating Insights and Other A-Ha Moments in the Practice 62:58
Heather Sundberg
This innovative talk describes the process and advanced practice of Integrating our Insights, including types of insight, what the mind does immediately after an insight, teasing apart the clinging & the natural impulse to integrate insight, how to test the insight, how to include & purify 'the clinging that remains', and learning to live the insight.
2015-03-24 Brahma Vihara Day 24 Equanimity 37:33
Heather Sundberg
2015-03-24 Thinning the Self - Practicing with Anatta (Not-Self) 60:53
Donald Rothberg
After some reflections on some of the reasons why anatta (not-self) can be confusing, we explore especially how to practice with anatta: (1) opening to a sense of flow increasingly without a sense of self; (2) exploring the many ways in which there is a "thick" sense of self, both appearing in experience and sometimes hidden to immediate experience; (3) further meditative ways to "thin" the self; and (4) ways of thinning, especially as our practice deepens, the "meditative self."
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