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Dharma Talks Access for Retreatants at Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

Three-Month Retreat - Part 2

This three-month course, including its six-week partials, is a special time for practice. Because of its extended length and ongoing guidance, it is an opportunity for students to deepen the powers of concentration, wisdom and compassion. Based on the meditation instructions of Mahasi Sayadaw and supplemented by a range of skillful means, this retreat will encourage a balanced attitude of relaxation and alertness, and the continuity of practice based on the Buddha’s Four Foundations of Mindfulness.
2011-10-22 (43 days) Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

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2011-10-23 Right Motivation 58:21
Annie Nugent
At first our practice is for ourselves alone...but as wisdom begins to unfold through reflection and practice, we come to understand that all beings are in the same predicament that we are - suffering and wanting to be happy. Thus we can do our practice for the benefit of all beings. This becomes the natural response to our suffering world.
2011-10-26 The Door in the Wall 58:53
Winnie Nazarko
In order to come to clarity and equanimity, the mind must learn to open to all states. Learning how to work with the 5 Hindrances is key to this process, and opens the door to the peace that we seek.
2011-10-27 The Direct Path 58:53
Greg Scharf
Drawing on references from the Satipatthana Sutta, this talk explores four qualities of mind & heart which the Buddha emphasized as being an essential part of our approach to meditation practice.
2011-10-30 Wisdom(version ii) 55:43
Annie Nugent
The practice of insight is all about developing wisdom. This talk describes both how this wisdom comes about – and what the resulting wisdom actually is....and how it shows itself in our worldly life.
2011-10-31 Seeing through the delusion of fear 57:45
Myoshin Kelley
Fear drives us in unhealthy ways when it is not recognized. When we become aware of fear it becomes a support to our meditation.
2011-11-02 Working in the Middle: Effort and Surrender 56:42
Winnie Nazarko
Effort and energy are necessary to liberate the mind, but the effort needs to be wise and the energy calibrated to the task. Often we don't need to "try harder"- we need to learn to let go, to surrender to things as they are.
2011-11-04 Craving - Tanha - Second Noble Truth 59:09
Rebecca Bradshaw
Describes craving and practical ways we can be with it to develop understanding.
2011-11-07 Compassion: As Natural As Our Own Heartbeat 55:40
Myoshin Kelley
Becoming familar with the movement of our hearts to be free from suffering.
2011-11-09 Five Subjects for Frequent Reflection 58:00
Greg Scharf
Five contemplations recommended by the Buddha that can help us connect with the quality of Samvega or spiritual urgency.
2011-11-11 Seeing the Good 55:01
Winnie Nazarko
Wholesome states of mind are often unnoticed, even though they are frequently present. There are reasons to turn the mind toward them, and to acknowledge the goodness they represent. How and why to orient the mind this way, and a discussion of obstacles to this turning.
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