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February Insight Meditation Retreat: A Retreat for Experienced Students with James Baraz, Sally Armstrong, Kamala Masters, Andrea Fella, Dawn Scott, Bob Stahl, PhD, Louije Kim and Martha "Rasika" Link

Prerequisite: Before registering, you must have already completed a minimum of 21 days of retreat practice, with those retreats being six days or longer. These retreats should have been silent meditation retreats led by Spirit Rock, IMS, or IRC teachers, or other recognized Insight Meditation teachers. The retreats should have had a similar format to this retreat, with instructions, practices and talks focused on Insight Meditation.

Instead of the annual month-long, the February teaching team will lead a 12-day online retreat for experienced students. This extended retreat offers a rare opportunity for sustained and dedicated practice. Emphasis will be on quieting the mind, opening the heart and developing profound clarity and depth of insight practice. Instructions will follow the traditional four foundations of mindfulness, combined with training in lovingkindness and compassion, through a daily schedule of silent stillness and mindful movement meditation, Dharma talks, and practice meetings with teachers.

We will encourage attendees to commit to the spirit of intensive practice with minimal input from the external world, and maintaining silence as much as possible. We look forward to supporting experienced students looking for a more traditional intensive retreat while practicing at home online.

2021-02-01 (12 days) Spirit Rock Meditation Center

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2021-02-11 Brahma Vihara: Equanimity 51:38
James Baraz
Equanimity is the last of the 4 Brahma Viharas. It holds the other three--metta, compassion/karuna, and mudita--with spaciousness and balance. Equanimity reminds us to allow for life to unfold as it will. We can let go of control, which we never had in the first place, meeting life's up and downs with balance and the possibility of a wise, skillful response.
2021-02-11 The Two Guardians of the World 59:08
Kamala Masters
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