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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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2019-08-24 05 guided meditation: mindfulness of breathing 29:54  Retreatants-only
  Jill Shepherd
Mindfulness of breathing, beginning with stabilising the mind on the simple rhythm of the breath, then noticing the physical sensations of each in breath and each out breath
2019-08-24 01 guided meditation: mindfulness of the body 29:56  Retreatants-only
  Jill Shepherd
Guided meditation beginning with a body scan, checking areas of the body that habitually store tension and inviting it to release
2019-08-24 02 instructions: mindfulness of eating 7:32  Retreatants-only
  Jill Shepherd
Short instructions on the practice of mindfulness of eating, noticing responses at all six sense doors including the mind, and any reactions of liking or disliking
2019-08-24 03 talk: sila or ethical conduct as an aspect of generosity 41:51
  Jill Shepherd
An overview of the five training precepts in their positive and negative expressions, and how the commitment to ethical conduct is a form of generosity to oneself and others
2019-08-25 04 instructions: mindfulness of the body 10:34  Retreatants-only
  Jill Shepherd
A short introduction to practising mindfulness of the body, in terms of bare awareness of physical sensations
2019-08-25 06 instructions: Mindfulness of the Body in terms of physical sensations 13:00  Retreatants-only
  Jill Shepherd
Brief instructions for training in "body literacy," bringing awareness to physical sensations throughout the whole body
2019-08-25 07 talk: Befriending the Mind 51:57
  Jill Shepherd
An exploration of ways that we commonly struggle with our mental activity, how wisdom and compassion can help release the struggle through practising with the Third Establishment of Mindfulness, Mindfulness of the Mind, and understanding the three characteristics of anicca-dukkha-anatta
2019-08-26 08 instructions: an overview of sati and samadhi, then practising with mindfulness of the body and sounds 16:41  Retreatants-only
  Jill Shepherd
A recap of the two skilful mental qualities of sati - mindfulness and samadhi - stability of mind, then opening up the field of awareness from the breath to include physical sensations throughout the whole body, and sounds
2019-08-26 09 guided meditation: mindfulness of breathing, physical sensations and sounds 28:08  Retreatants-only
  Jill Shepherd
Opening up the field of awareness from the breath to include physical sensations throughout the whole body, then sounds
2019-08-26 10 instructions: Second Establishment of Mindfulness, mindfulness of vedana or feeling-tone 16:34  Retreatants-only
  Jill Shepherd
Exploring vedana or feeling-tone as the basis of unskilful mental reactivity, when there's no mindfulness, but training in bare awareness in relation to feeling-tone helps prevent that movement into proliferation
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