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Retreat Dharma Talks

Living Awareness Through Embodiment and Heart

2017-05-15 (7 days) Spirit Rock Meditation Center (Angela Center)

2017-05-16 Body as Teacher 53:58
Heather Sundberg
Beginning with a story of about Heather's close encounter with a monkey in India, the talk offers theory and practice on the First Foundation of Mindfulness on 'calming the bodily formation' as well as 'settling the nervous system' which are important 'dharmas of modern times'. Practices support us to work with anxiety, fear shame, judgment and other difficult emotions and reactive patterns of body and mind.
2017-05-17 Following the Thread of the Heart 44:21
Mary Grace Orr
2017-05-18 A Long Lineage 51:40
John Travis
John shares stories of his own personal lineage of practice from elders of the Thai Forest Tradition, including teaching based on Ajahn Chah's 'taking the one seat'.
2017-05-19 Mindfulness-Wisdom 50:36
Heather Sundberg
An introduction to A Map of Awareness from the Thai Forest Tradition: Sati-Mindfulness-Mahi Sati (Great Mindfulness), Sati Panna (Mindfulness Wisdom), Panna-Vimutti (Wisdom which leads to release). Includes teachings on how to approach teachings and practices of awareness, how to use the Three Characteristics, (impermanence, unsatisfactotoriness, not self) to decrease and release activity of the Defilements (greed, hatred and delusion) and a fun experiential exercise based on a teaching from Ajahn Chah about letting go. For more information about these teachings, visit Heather's website and look up Talks, Retreat Schedule and ongoing trainings on MahaSati.
2017-05-20 When the Sun Rises; Waking Up 46:37
Mary Grace Orr
Waking up and what we see.
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