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Retreat Dharma Talks at Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

Three Month - Part 1

This six-week partial of the three-month course 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.

2013-09-10 (43 days) Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

2013-09-19 Investigation 57:51
Andrea Fella
Meditation includes this art of investigating our experience by simply being with it - rather than trying to "figure it out"
2013-09-20 Working With Obsessive Thoughts 61:46
Bhante Buddharakkhita
Seven ways of dealing with obsessive thoughts/distinctive thoughts . The arising of thoughts beyond our control. The awareness of thoughts can make a difference between freedom and bondage.
2013-09-21 Choice-less/Open Awareness 60:51
Bhante Buddharakkhita
The practice of choice-less awareness allows us to expand our awareness whenever the mind is over active or restless.
2013-09-21 Rubbing Up Against Dukkha 55:43
Bonnie Duran
This talk is about the three types of dukkha and how we might realize them on the cushion.
2013-09-22 The Five Aggregates Are Not Self 57:24
Guy Armstrong
This talk explores the five aggregates as a way to understand the Buddha's teaching on anatta or not-self. This insight helps us gain a small glimpse into the mystery of death.
2013-09-23 Review Of Meditation Instructions 58:42
Winnie Nazarko
A comprehensive review of two weeks of progressive insight meditation instructions. A reminder of the various techniques which can be used to establish presence.
2013-09-23 Metta Practice: Working with difficulty 58:39
Andrea Fella
2013-09-23 Metta First Expression In The World 58:38
Winnie Nazarko
The "back-story" to Buddha's teaching metta (goodwill)to a community of monks. A chanting (in English) of the Buddha's instructions. Discussion of objections to metta.
2013-09-24 Faith (Saddha) and Determination: Allies Of Mindfulness 63:22
Carol Wilson
2013-09-26 Awareness Of Awareness 59:58
Andrea Fella
In doing mindfulness practice we often neglect to observe mindfulness itself. We can lean a lot about our minds by watching the coming and going of mindfulness.
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