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Dharma Talks Access for Retreatants

Freedom Here and Now

This nine-day retreat provides an opportunity to explore different aspects of the Buddha’s teachings on Nibbana, also translated as Awakening, Enlightenment, Liberation, or Freedom. The freedom that is being pointed to here includes freedom from afflictive states such as anger, fear, sadness, greed; and freedom to live with more ease, happiness, and authenticity. We will use a variety of practices from the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, alongside the four brahmavihara heart practices of kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity, to directly experience these different aspects of freedom for ourselves.
2019-08-23 (10 days) Te Moata Retreat Center

  
2019-08-24 03 talk: sila or ethical conduct as an aspect of generosity 41:51
  Jill Shepherd
An overview of the five training precepts in their positive and negative expressions, and how the commitment to ethical conduct is a form of generosity to oneself and others
2019-08-25 07 talk: Befriending the Mind 51:57
  Jill Shepherd
An exploration of ways that we commonly struggle with our mental activity, how wisdom and compassion can help release the struggle through practising with the Third Establishment of Mindfulness, Mindfulness of the Mind, and understanding the three characteristics of anicca-dukkha-anatta
2019-08-26 11 talk: the five hindrances, with a focus on desire for sense pleasures 43:02
  Jill Shepherd
An overview of what gets in the way of freedom, namely the five hindrances, with a focus on the first one, desire for sense pleasures
2019-08-27 16 talk: Five Hindrances part 2 - aversion, and the antidote of compassion 46:26
  Jill Shepherd
Continuing the exploration of the five hindrances, focusing on ill will or aversion, and how cultivating compassion is both a protection and an antidote to aversion arising
2019-08-28 17 talk: impermanence and death 48:34
  Jill Shepherd
Exploring the universal characteristic of anicca-impermanence in terms of the body, and beginning to contemplate our own mortality as a way to gradually release fear of death
2019-08-29 22 talk: sukha and mudita - appreciative joy 43:01
  Jill Shepherd
An exploration of how the overall development of the practice is from dukkha (unsatisfactoriness, stress, distress) to sukha (ease, happiness and contentment) and how the brahmavihara practice of mudita or appreciative joy can support this shift
2019-08-30 27 talk: Seven Factors of Awakening 46:52
  Jill Shepherd
An overview of the Seven Factors of Awakening, and how to navigate some of the challenges that can be experienced when we first start to experience these more skilful mental qualities
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