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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.

2017-09-12 (43 days) Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

2017-09-25 Four modes of progress and working with difficult emotions. 62:10
Bhante Buddharakkhita
Mindfulness of difficult emotions can lead to a pleasant progress to peace, happiness, and awakening.
In collection: Developing Our Practice
2017-09-26 The Dharma As A Path Of Happiness 62:26
James Baraz
With so much focus on suffering and the end of suffering, it's sometimes easy to forget this is a path of happiness. The Buddha was called the happy one. This talk presents the teachings held in that perspective.
2017-09-27 Morning Instructions: Choiceless Attention 47:32
Guy Armstrong
2017-09-28 Morning Instructions 45:35
Carol Wilson
End of the second week set of instructions - a general invitation to mindfulness.
2017-09-28 First and Second Noble Truths 60:17
Guy Armstrong
The First Noble Truth of suffering is to be fully understood. The Second Noble Truth says that the origin of suffering is craving, which is to be abandoned.
2017-09-29 Guided Metta Meditation 34:55
Bhante Buddharakkhita
Radiating Metta toward your friend can help to build a stronger connection between oneself and others.
2017-09-29 Perception, Papañca, and Sakkaya Ditthi. 57:51
Carol Wilson
The process of perception feeding proliferation of thought can create the magic show of personality show.
2017-09-30 Seven Factors Of Awakening 49:31
John Martin
2017-10-01 Second foundation of mindfulness 59:51
Sally Armstrong
Vedana, or the feeling tone of pleasant, unpleasant or neither-pleasant-nor-unpleasant that arises with each sense 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 these different teachings to help us understand the importance of bringing mindfulness to vedana in our practice and in our lives.
2017-10-02 Arousing and Balancing The Five Spiritual Faculties 61:21
Bhante Buddharakkhita
When the five spiritual faculties are balanced. one can progress faster on the path to peace, happiness and final liberation.
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