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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

2017-10-13 Purifying Habits Of Our Mind: Dana and Sila 63:28
Carol Wilson
2017-10-14 Self Compassion: A Bridge To Equanimity 53:03
Beth Sternlieb
The Buddha teaches friendship is the whole path. This includes friendship with our self.
2017-10-15 Fourth Foundation of Mindfulness 59:41
Sally Armstrong
The Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta (usually translated as the Foundations of Mindfulness) offers a complete description of the practice of mindfulness, beginning with the direct awareness of the breath and the body, progressing through mindfulness of vedana or feeling tone, to the more subtle object of the Third Foundation, mindfulness of mind states. The Fourth Foundation of Mindfulness represents the culmination of this series of practices, and can be seen as a direct pointing, again and again, to the possibility of freedom through direct awareness of where we get caught, and how to turn the mind towards liberation. This talk is an overview of the practices of the Fourth Foundation, which can be seen as both the last in the sequence of practices, and as a progression in itself. It also covers how the Fourth Foundation can be skillfully interwoven into our practice of the other foundations.
2017-10-16 Practice As A Path Of Happiness - Part 3 59:34
James Baraz
Exploring how living with integrity (sila) and letting go of stories, busyness and stuff - can be a source of well being and joy.
2017-10-17 Guided Meditation - First Breath, Last Breath 45:56
James Baraz
How present would you be for your first breath? Your last breath? This guided meditation takes you from birth through the stages of life - to your last breath. To see this moment in a fresh way.
2017-10-17 Guided Metta For All Beings. 43:30
Beth Sternlieb
Reflections on interbeing.
2017-10-17 Understanding Our Defences and How To Work With Them - Part 2 65:33
Bhante Buddharakkhita
Meeting our defenses with mindfulness and understanding can help us to let go of difficult emotions and attain peace, happiness, and freedom.
2017-10-19 Transcendent Dependent Origination 62:36
Guy Armstrong
Traces the path from suffering to liberation through the twelve causal links that emphasize positive states like joy, happiness, and faith.
2017-10-20 Metta For All Beings 49:16
Sally Armstrong
2017-10-20 Majjhima Nikaya Two: Purifying the subtle suffering habits of mind. 58:51
Carol Wilson
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