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Retreat Dharma Talks

Insight Meditation at the Solstice: Embracing the Dark, Inviting the Light

2009-12-20 (4 days) Spirit Rock Meditation Center

2009-12-21 Practicing with Darkness (and Light) at the Winter Solstice 55:46
Donald Rothberg
The winter solstice in our culture sometimes is close to busy and even frenzied times, yet in most cultures has been a time of deepening, stillness, and silence, like the earth. We explore four ways to practice with the darkness of the time: 1) Through stopping and stilling our habituated minds; 2) Through opening to the unknown; 3) Trhough being with what is painful or difficult; 4) Through allowing the light and the creative to emerge from darkness
2009-12-22 Face Paint: Mindfulness, Concentration and Wisdom 44:55
John Travis
The talk explores the aspects of practice of collecting the mind, intuitive insight, non-separation of a single taste, and ordinariness, through sharing stories, poetry and teachings.
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