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Retreat Dharma Talks

Healing the heart, refining the mind, finding freedom

In the Buddha’s teaching, going on retreat can be understood as a powerful form of “taking refuge,” by temporarily retreating from our external responsibilities to take care of our inner life.
The peaceful natural environment of Te Moata supports deep rest and renewal, which in turn, supports the strengthening of our inner resources, our connection with sangha/community and our capacity to live with more ease and freedom in whatever circumstances we find ourselves in.

2022-08-26 (10 days) Te Moata Retreat Center

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2022-08-27 04 instructions: Dana, Sila and Wise Effort 28:10
Jill Shepherd, Di Robertson
Beginning with a brief overview of the five training precepts (Di), then connecting to our retreat aspirations, relinquishment of mobile phones and some relational practice exploring dāna as a support for Wise Effort (Jill)
2022-08-27 05 talk: Refuge, Mindfulness and Investigation 39:41
Jill Shepherd
How taking refuge in the natural environment of Te Moata, together with the support of sangha, helps strengthen mindfulness and investigation, which lead to freedom of heart and mind
2022-08-28 06 instructions: mindfulness of breathing 18:32
Jill Shepherd
Exploring different approaches to mindfulness of breathing, to support stability of mind (samādhi) or more refined awareness (sati)
2022-08-28 07 meditation: mindfulness of breathing 27:24
Jill Shepherd
Beginning by steadying awareness on the simple rhythm of breathing, then refining mindfulness on the details of the breath
2022-08-28 08 instructions: continuity of mindfulness 8:24
Jill Shepherd
How continuity of mindfulness supports deepening awareness
2022-08-29 13 instructions: feeling-tone or vedanā part 2 20:54
Jill Shepherd
Beginning to deconstruct our experience into its component parts, beginning with sense contacts and feeling-tones, and seeing how these condition reactivity when there's no mindfulness
2022-08-29 14 meditation: standing, noticing feeling-tones 24:23
Jill Shepherd
2022-08-29 15 talk: An overview of the four brahmavihāra heart qualities 40:37
Jill Shepherd
kindness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity
2022-08-30 16 instructios: mindfulness of hearing 11:45
Jill Shepherd
Opening up the field of awareness from breathing, to physical sensations to receiving sounds
2022-08-30 17 meditation: mindfulness of hearing 29:55
Jill Shepherd
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