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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

2008-11-16 The Five Aggregates Are Not Self 60:42
Guy Armstrong
This talk looks at the question of not-self using the five aggregates as the Buddha spoke of them in his second discourse, the Characteristic of Not-Self. As we learn to see ourselves simply as an aspect of nature, both physical and mental, the burden of self lifts and life becomes much lighter.
2008-11-19 Liberation Through Non-Clinging 61:28
Joseph Goldstein
2008-11-20 Dependent Origination: An Overview 57:49
Sally Armstrong
The Buddha considered Dependent Origination to be his most profound insight. This teaching shows us how we get caught in the cycle of suffering, and how it is possible to free ourselves. When we’re not aware of this process, we are blinded by our ignorance and get caught in craving again and again. We create different identities that we cling to, and that limit our ability to be free in the moment. When we’re aware of this process, we can make wiser choices about how to respond, and perhaps even break the cycles of becoming altogether. This talk gives a brief overview of the 12 links of Dependent Origination, and then describes how it works on a practical, moment-to-moment basis in our lives.
2008-11-21 Unity Of Compassion And Emptiness 61:24
Carol Wilson
Lots of stories exploring Compassion and Emptiness
2008-11-22 Dana - The Practice Of Generosity 51:40
Greg Scharf
Cultivating generosity a foundation for insight and liberation - including discussions of merit and the practice of gratitude.
2008-11-24 Four Reflections That Turn The Mind Towards The Dharma 57:04
Annie Nugent
These four reflections on the precious human body, impermanence and death, the law of Karma and the round of Samsara support our practice by helping the mind turn towards the Dharma and away from our deeply habituated tendencies of greed, hatred and delusion.
2008-11-27 Practicing Gratitude And Joy 56:49
Sally Armstrong
On this day of thanksgiving, it is important to remember what we are actually celebrating: the generosity of Native Americans to the early settlers, and all that they have given us. It is also a day to be grateful for all the blessings in our lives, and to bring a sense of appreciation to the beauty and joy that is all around us. As we incline the mind towards noticing what we are grateful for, we find an increased sense of well-being and happiness in our lives.
2008-11-28 Insight, Views, And Opening To The Mystery 62:39
Carol Wilson
Walls we may hit in our path of practice.
2008-11-29 The First Buddhist Nuns 56:57
Greg Scharf
Stories and poems of the first Buddhist nuns drawn from the Therigatha and other sources within the Pali Cannon.
2008-11-30 From Ignorance Come Impulses 61:21
Guy Armstrong
The first two links of dependent origination say that ignorance gives rise to volitional formations, or impulses. This talk describes successive layers of obscurations that form from ignorance, to a belief in self, to afflictive emotions, to unskillful actions. The path undoes these layers by focusing, in order, on virtue, meditation, and wisdom, finally penetrating to Nibbana.
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