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Dharma Talks Access for Retreatants

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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2021-03-10 01 talk: opening to generosity 18:15  Retreatants-only
Jill Shepherd
2021-03-10 02 talk: the generosity of sila, ethical conduct 15:52  Retreatants-only
Jill Shepherd
Exploring the five training precepts in their positive and negative expressions, as aspects of generosity
2021-03-10 03 meditation: simple mindfulness of breathing 19:22  Retreatants-only
Jill Shepherd
2021-03-11 04 instructions: sati mindfulness and samadhi stability of mind 13:52  Retreatants-only
Jill Shepherd
Introduction to mindfulness - sati - and how it needs to be supported by steadiness or stability of mind - samadhi
2021-03-11 05 meditation: body scan then mindfulness of breathing 23:44  Retreatants-only
Jill Shepherd
Beginning with a body scan to help release any tension in the body that can be released, then bringing awareness to the simple knowing of breathing in and out
2021-03-11 06 short instructions: walking meditation 7:11  Retreatants-only
Jill Shepherd
2021-03-11 07 short instructions: relational practice exploring generosity as a support for Wise Effort 6:45  Retreatants-only
Jill Shepherd
Contemplating together in groups of three, what was learned from the morning's practice of exploring generosity and Wise Effort
2021-03-11 08 talk: six supports for deepening retreat practice 43:05
Jill Shepherd
Safety, Silence, Solitude, Simplicity, Slowing down and Stillness (note: this talk was completed the following day due to a technical error)
2021-03-12 09 instructions: sati and samadhi p2 8:08  Retreatants-only
Jill Shepherd
Two ways of approaching breath meditation, to strengthen stability of mind (samadhi) or to refine mindfulness (sati)
2021-03-12 10 meditation: mindfulness of breathing developing sati and samadhi 24:52  Retreatants-only
Jill Shepherd
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