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Retreat Dharma Talks

Finding the heart of freedom

This nine-day retreat provides an opportunity to explore the Four Noble Truths that form the heart of the Buddha’s teaching. These teachings invite us to examine our relationship to dukkha: stress, distress, unsatisfactoriness, suffering, on deeper and deeper levels.
Most of us though, have an instinctive resistance to suffering, so we need to practice working skilfully with the different obstacles that often show up along the path to freedom. As we learn how to release these obstacles, we’re able to live with greater ease, happiness, and peace, and to connect with the wisdom and compassion that are our true nature.

2021-03-10 (10 days) Te Moata Retreat Center

  
2021-03-12 11 instructions: continuity of mindfulness 8:34  Retreatants-only
Jill Shepherd
2021-03-12 12 instructions: relational practice exploring physical sensations 12:57  Retreatants-only
Jill Shepherd
Exploring physical sensations associated with the bodily experience of clinging and release
2021-03-12 13 talk: the clinging-aggregate of feeling tone or vedana 38:24
Jill Shepherd
2021-03-13 14 instructions: mindfulness of the body and four elemental qualities 19:50  Retreatants-only
Jill Shepherd
An introduction to exploring the body in terms of the elemental qualities of earth, water, fire and air
2021-03-13 17 instructions: mindfulness of mindfulness and mindfulness of hearing 18:26  Retreatants-only
Jill Shepherd
2021-03-13 15 meditation: four elemental qualities 15:04  Retreatants-only
Jill Shepherd
Exploring physical sensations in terms of the elemental qualities of earth, water, fire and air
2021-03-13 18 meditation: mindfulness of mindfulness and mindfulness of hearing 23:13  Retreatants-only
Jill Shepherd
2021-03-13 16 talk: the Two Wings of Awakening, wisdom and compassion 37:07
Jill Shepherd
How wisdom and compassion work together to support progress towards freedom, with an exploration of some of the challenges to cultivating compassion and self-compassion
2021-03-14 19 instructions: some suggestions for working with difficult emotions 21:20  Retreatants-only
Jill Shepherd
2021-03-14 20 meditation: compassion and self-compassion 21:28  Retreatants-only
Jill Shepherd
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