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Retreat Dharma Talks at Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

Three-Month Retreat - 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 silent retreat will encourage a balanced attitude of relaxation and alertness, and the continuity of practice based on the Buddha’s Four Foundations of Mindfulness.

2015-09-12 (43 days) Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

2015-09-28 Satipatthana Series - The first foundation of mindfulness: the body 59:36
Sally Armstrong
In the Satipatthana sutta on the foundations of mindfulness, the first area of practice is the body. The Buddha gives us many different practices and ways to investigate the body. This talk explores these practices, beginning with the breath, but going on to other practices that we don't often teach, such as the four elements, the 32 parts of the body, and corpse contemplations. Each of these practices can be a powerful doorway to wise seeing and freedom. This talk is the first of a series of four on each foundation of mindfulness.
2015-09-29 The Infinity Of Impermanence 56:45
Kamala Masters
The infinite multi-eon range view and moment to moment view of impermanence
2015-09-30 The Forgiveness Practice 37:54
Kate Munding
2015-10-01 Investigation 58:55
Andrea Fella
2015-10-02 Guided Meditation - Expanding Awareness 44:35
Andrea Fella
2015-10-02 The Five Aggregates Are Not Self 61:56
Guy Armstrong
When we understand our experience in terms of the five aggregates, we see without the unnecessary overlay of self. This way of understanding is liberating.
2015-10-04 The Buddha's Teaching On Loving Kindness 56:41
Greg Scharf
2015-10-05 The Second Foundation of Mindfulness: Feeling Tone 57:36
Sally Armstrong
Vedana, or the feeling tone of pleasant, unpleasant or neither-pleasant-nor-unpleasant that arises with each contact, was considered important enough by the Buddha to be a foundation of mindfulness, one of the five aggregates, and central to the teaching on dependent origination. It is also at the heart of the Dart Sutta in the Samyutta Nikaya, where the Buddha talks about the two common responses to suffering: to bemoan and lament the fact that suffering is happening, but often to try to avoid the unpleasant by chasing after the pleasant. This talk looks at all of these different teachings to help us understand the importance of bringing mindfulness to vedana in our practice and in our lives.
2015-10-07 Guided Metta 45:18
Kamala Masters
Oneself, benefactor, dear friend and neutral person
2015-10-08 Big Mind Guided Meditation 44:20
Guy Armstrong
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