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Retreat Dharma Talks

Three-Month Retreat - Part 2

This six-week partial of the three-month course 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.

2018-10-23 (43 days) Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

2018-11-19 Moral Restraint and Non-harming. 53:50
Winnie Nazarko
The Buddha says to develop goodwill and compassion as the second step of the 8-fold path. Steps 3-4-5 show specific ways to practice this.
2018-11-20 The Bhrama Viharas; A Roadmap To Freedom and Mudita, 53:34
DaRa Williams
Forgiveness with a bit on gratitude added in!
2018-11-22 Mudita or appreciative joy guided meditation 41:30
Jill Shepherd
A brief overview of mudita, appreciative joy, followed by a guided meditation offering mudita to a good friend who is experiencing success and happiness
2018-11-23 Exploring not-self in our own practice. 62:24
Rebecca Bradshaw
This talk describes various ways that we can explore the truth of not-self experientially in our own practice.
2018-11-24 Taking Out the Thorn: The Third Noble Truth 53:05
Brian Lesage
This talk explores the Third Noble Truth and how it can relate to retreat practice.
2018-11-25 Anatta And Nibbana 52:43
Jill Shepherd
How the chain of cognition leads to proliferative thinking centred around a distorted sense of self, and how mindfulness can stop the cycle, redirecting awareness instead to transcendent dependent origination which culminates in freedom
2018-11-27 Opening to the Pali Chanting of the Satipatthana Sutta 43:18
Brian Lesage
This talk introduces the practice of opening to and meditating upon the chanting of the Satipatthana Sutta, the discourse on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. It utilizes the chanting of Ven. Dr. Omalpe Sobhita Thero.
2018-11-28 Equanimity: The Great Balance 64:16
DaRa Williams
Reflections on the dharma of equanimity.
2018-11-29 The Path Of Friendship 55:03
Greg Scharf
2018-11-30 Developing the graceful heart. 62:06
Rebecca Bradshaw
Discuss ways to strengthen the quality of equanimity, increasing our ability to move through the world with grace and poise.
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