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Freedom Here and Now

This nine-day retreat provides an opportunity to explore different aspects of the Buddha’s teachings on Nibbana, also translated as Awakening, Enlightenment, Liberation, or Freedom. The freedom that is being pointed to here includes freedom from afflictive states such as anger, fear, sadness, greed; and freedom to live with more ease, happiness, and authenticity. We will use a variety of practices from the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, alongside the four brahmavihara heart practices of kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity, to directly experience these different aspects of freedom for ourselves.
2019-08-23 (10 days) Te Moata Retreat Center

  
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2019-08-29 21: guided meditation on compassion for a good friend 23:46  Retreatants-only
  Jill Shepherd
Beginning with compassion for a good friend who's experiencing difficulty, then oneself, then all beings
2019-08-29 22 talk: sukha and mudita - appreciative joy 43:01
  Jill Shepherd
An exploration of how the overall development of the practice is from dukkha (unsatisfactoriness, stress, distress) to sukha (ease, happiness and contentment) and how the brahmavihara practice of mudita or appreciative joy can support this shift
2019-08-30 23 instructions: review of four establishments of mindfulness, and noticing the mental factor of volition, cetana 13:37  Retreatants-only
  Jill Shepherd
A brief review of all four establishments of mindfulness, and instructions to notice the mental factor of volition, cetana, while practising standing meditation
2019-08-30 28 instructions: equanimity 14:59  Retreatants-only
  Jill Shepherd
A brief introduction to equanimity, focusing mostly on equanimity as a brahmavihara practice
2019-08-30 24 guided meditation: standing, practising with each of the four establisments of mindfulness and the mental factor of cetana or volition 25:33  Retreatants-only
  Jill Shepherd
Practising with each of the four establishments of mindfulness in turn, while noticing the mental factor of volition, cetana, in relation to the decision to keep standing or to sit down
2019-08-30 29 guided meditation: equanimity for a difficult person 24:31  Retreatants-only
  Jill Shepherd
Cultivating equanimity towards a so-called difficult or "sticky" person, using the reciting phrases method
2019-08-30 25 instructions: mudita or appreciative joy 16:02  Retreatants-only
  Jill Shepherd
Instructions for practicing mudita or appreciative joy for a good friend
2019-08-30 26 guided meditation: mudita or appreciative joy for a good friend 18:57  Retreatants-only
  Jill Shepherd
Practising mudita for a good friend then oneself and co-meditators, using the reciting phrases method
2019-08-30 27 talk: Seven Factors of Awakening 46:52
  Jill Shepherd
An overview of the Seven Factors of Awakening, and how to navigate some of the challenges that can be experienced when we first start to experience these more skilful mental qualities
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