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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

  
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2021-03-17 34 meditation: choiceless attention and equanimity 25:36  Retreatants-only
Jill Shepherd
2021-03-17 30 instructions: radiating energy method of metta practice 8:39  Retreatants-only
Jill Shepherd
2021-03-17 31 meditation: radiating energy metta 24:22  Retreatants-only
Jill Shepherd
2021-03-17 32 talk: working with afflictive thought patterns 52:01
Jill Shepherd
Looking at common afflictive thought patterns such as lack mind and comparing mind, using the wisdom of anicca dukkha anatta to help them release, and the practice of mudita, appreciative joy, to help prevent them from re-arising
2021-03-18 35 instructions: short intro to equanimity as a brahmavihara practice 12:39  Retreatants-only
Jill Shepherd
2021-03-18 36 meditation: equanimity for a so-called difficult person 20:42  Retreatants-only
Jill Shepherd
2021-03-18 37 talk: Q&R 34:25  Retreatants-only
Jill Shepherd
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