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

Three-Month Retreat - Part 2

The annual three-month course, including its six-week partials, is a special time for practice. Because of its extended length and ongoing guidance, it is a rare 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 Four Foundations of Mindfulness.
2008-11-01 (43 days) Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

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2008-11-02 An Attitude Of Mindfulness 54:34
Guy Armstrong
The right attitude for meditation is one free of wanting, resistance or delusion. Then we can achieve the intelligent knowing of experience that mindfulness offers.
2008-11-03 Renunciation. ( version 2) 52:58
Annie Nugent
The outer renunciation by paring down our activities on retreat supports the inner renunciation of attitudes and unskillful qualities that obstruct our seeing the truth of the way things are.. which really reveals the happiness of renunciation - it takes us to freedom.
2008-11-05 Black Lab Consciousness 60:43
Joseph Goldstein
2008-11-09 Working With Difficult Emotions 60:55
Guy Armstrong
This talk describes the two shifts needed to transform our relationship to afflictive emotions, one of attitude and one of wisdom. We come to understand an emotion by learning to see its expression in mind, in body, and in the thoughts that make up its underlying view or story.
2008-11-10 Patience. ( version 2) 53:04
Annie Nugent
How wonderful it would be if we could all have infinite patience.... because it is this quality that is the precursor to both wisdom and compassion.
2008-11-12 Big Mind Meditation 60:25
Joseph Goldstein
Guided meditation
2008-11-12 Guided Metta - Compassion 45:36
Annie Nugent
2008-11-13 Let The Breath Just Be The Breath 56:04
Sally Armstrong
The way we experience ourselves and the world is highly conditioned by our perceptions , known as sañña in the Buddhist teachings. Through the process of perception we judge and filter our experience, preventing us from seeing things as they really are. The practice of mindfulness offers the possibility of working directly with our perceptions, and even inclining the mind towards more skillful and pleasant ways of experiencing ourselves and the world.
2008-11-14 First Noble Truth And Self-Judgment 62:28
Carol Wilson
Aversion, or dosa,of which self-judgment is a form, is basically a function of not understanding the 1st noble truth.
2008-11-15 Loving Kindness - Cultivating The Wholesome 58:24
Greg Scharf
Begins with chanting of the Karaniya Metta Sutta in Pali, followed by a talk on the history of the Metta sutta, the practice, cultivation and benefits of loving kindness meditation.
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