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Retreat Dharma Talks

Three-Month Part 1

This three-month course, including its six-week partials, is a special time for practice. Because of its extended length and ongoing guidance, it is an opportunity for students to deepen the powers of concentration, wisdom and compassion. Based on the meditation instructions of Mahasi Sayadaw and supplemented by a range of skillful means, this silent retreat will encourage a balanced attitude of relaxation and alertness, and the continuity of practice based on the Buddha’s Four Foundations of Mindfulness.

2016-09-10 (43 days) Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

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2016-10-16 Purifying habits of heart/mind 60:54
Carol Wilson
All aspects of the Buddhist teaching offer various methods to support purifying our hearts
2016-10-17 Transcendent dependent origination 61:46
Guy Armstrong
This talk describes the 12 causal links in a sequence leading from suffering to liberation, including faith, rapture, happiness, concentration, and dispassion. It is a description in positive terms, of the Ark of the Buddha's path.
2016-10-18 Guided meta-meditation– All beings 39:09
Bonnie Duran
This guided metta practice starts with the benefactor sending metta"us" and then radiating to all beings.
2016-10-18 Reflections on the practice of forgiveness 43:58
Winnie Nazarko
2016-10-19 Q & A 68:39
Joseph Goldstein
Wide variety of topics.
2016-10-20 The Fourth Foundation of Mindfulness 59:51
Sally Armstrong
The Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta (usually translated as the Foundations of Mindfulness) offers a complete description of the practice of mindfulness, beginning with the direct awareness of the breath and the body, progressing through mindfulness of vedana or feeling tone, to the more subtle object of the Third Foundation, mindfulness of mind states. The Fourth Foundation of Mindfulness represents the culmination of this series of practices, and can be seen as a direct pointing, again and again, to the possibility of freedom through direct awareness of where we get caught, and how to turn the mind towards liberation. This talk is an overview of the practices of the Fourth Foundation, which can be seen as both the last in the sequence of practices, and as a progression in itself. It also covers how the Fourth Foundation can be skillfully interwoven into our practice of the other foundations.
2016-10-21 Sila, Samadhi, Panna: Magga Rocks! 51:19
Bonnie Duran
This talk is about the force of Magga battling defilement's and the path to freedom.
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