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Retreat Dharma Talks

Three-Month Retreat - Part 1

This three-month course, including its six-week partials, 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 retreat will encourage a balanced attitude of relaxation and alertness, and the continuity of practice based on the Buddha’s Four Foundations of Mindfulness.

2010-09-11 (43 days) Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

2010-09-30 Metta 63:40
Carol Wilson
Metta, or loving kindness can develop to a powerful force in out hearts and minds. We only need to start where we are, feeding non-hatred in our minds rather than putting our trust in the habits of fear and ill will.
2010-10-01 The Factors of Awakening 63:18
Guy Armstrong
The Buddha talked often of seven factors that prepare the mind for awakening. Headed by mindfulness, the factors are balanced between energizing and calming states. This talk discusses each of the factors, how they are developed, and how to balance them.
2010-10-07 Unentangled Knowing 60:27
Guy Armstrong
Upasika Kee talks about finding in meditation an “inward-staying unentangled knowing.” This talk describes what this means in terms of dependent arising and offers three approaches to meditation that specifically aim at this kind of relationship to sense experience.
2010-10-08 Simplicity Of Non-Reactive Mind 59:51
Carol Wilson
Luang Pu Dun defines the second noble truth as the mind that goes out to satisfy its moods, and the result that comes from the mind going out to satisfy its moods is suffering, - the first Noble Truth is the result of this! This talk describes how the mind can get lost in thoughts and create suffering.
2010-10-09 The Buddha's Question 66:27
Winnie Nazarko
The Buddha's life provides insight into the nature of his search, and the framework he used to explain his findings - The Four Noble Truths.
2010-10-12 Q&A 59:31
Joseph Goldstein
2010-10-14 Courage and Compassion 63:43
Carol Wilson
The natural flow of a retreat - of life - is expansion and contraction. We suffer when we identify with any aspect as being mine or me.
2010-10-16 The Great Question, Investigation and Doubt 41:54
Winnie Nazarko
The great question, our deepest personal concern, can empower our practice, and motivate investigation of reality. But doubt can undermine our commitment to practice if we do not recognize it.
2010-10-19 Guided Metta Meditation For All Beings 46:58
Winnie Nazarko
Reflections on the power and value of loving-friendless practice, and its place on the road to awakening. Guided metta practice for all beings
2010-10-20 Compassion 55:51
Joseph Goldstein
Engaging with the world.
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