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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

  
2021-03-14 21 talk: the five hindrances 41:07
Jill Shepherd
2021-03-15 22 instructions: mindfulness of mind, including the five hindrances 6:27  Retreatants-only
Jill Shepherd
2021-03-15 23 meditation: mindfulness of mind and the five hindrances 25:50  Retreatants-only
Jill Shepherd
2021-03-15 24 talk: impermanence 33:23
Jill Shepherd
An introduction to the three universal characteristics of impermanence, unsatisfactoriness and not-self, focusing on impermanence then briefly touching into death contemplation
2021-03-16 25 meditation: spaciousness 26:50  Retreatants-only
Jill Shepherd
2021-03-16 29 meditation: choiceless attention 25:00  Retreatants-only
Jill Shepherd
2021-03-16 26 instructions: mindfulness of mind-states or mental qualities 14:05  Retreatants-only
Jill Shepherd
2021-03-16 27 talk: anatta / not-self and the five clinging-aggregates 44:10
Jill Shepherd
2021-03-17 28 short instructions: choiceless attention 6:14  Retreatants-only
Jill Shepherd
2021-03-17 33 instructions: equanimity 14:35  Retreatants-only
Jill Shepherd
A short introduction to equanimity as a support for navigating the ending of the retreat
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