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Retreat Dharma Talks at Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

Two-Month Retreat

This two-month course, including its one-month partials, 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 retreat will encourage a balanced attitude of relaxation and alertness, and the continuity of practice based on the Buddha’s Four Foundations of Mindfulness.

2009-09-26 (57 days) Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

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2009-09-28 Embodied Practice 54:15
Sally Armstrong
Many of us live our lives somewhat disconnected from our physical experience, or with a distorted view of our bodies. Mindfulness practice – the direct knowing of our experience in an unfiltered way - allows us to connect with our bodies in a way that is kind and accepting. Out of this deep connection, insight into the nature of our bodies and our minds, and how they affect each other, naturally develops.
2009-09-29 The Four Mind Changing Reflections 59:36
Joseph Goldstein
Precious human birth, impermanence, karma and the defects of samsara.
2009-09-30 Too Restless And Tired To Meditate? What To Do? 57:27
Sharda Rogell
This talk explores how to understand and overcome these two deep seated habits of heart and mind.
2009-10-05 Impermanence 61:16
Guy Armstrong
A lot of understanding can come from reflecting on the way impermanence shows itself in our lives both outwardly and inwardly, including our vulnerability to aging and death. But even more penetrating insight comes to the mind that has become still through meditation. Through this way of seeing, the truth of impermanence sinks into our bones and the wisdom of non-clinging becomes very obvious.
2009-10-08 Controlling This Difficult Mind Of Ours 55:46
Sharda Rogell
The Buddha encouraged us to discriminate our thoughts into two sets: Those that led to freedom and those that lead to bondage. What are some skillful; tools to work with our persistent and difficult patterns of thought.
2009-10-12 Mindfulness of the Body. 56:42
Sally Armstrong
Though the heart of our meditation practice is to understand and free the mind, much of our experience is known through the body, so our relationship to the body is extremely important. Learning how to work skillfully with both pleasant and painful experiences is essential in meditation, and developing a wise attitude to the body that appreciates it yet doesn’t identify with it as me or mine is a great support to the deepening of practice.
2009-10-13 Love and Kindness 57:28
Joseph Goldstein
Bring metta into the world
2009-10-22 What Is True Equanimity? 56:07
Sharda Rogell
An exploration into what makes equanimity an expression of the awakened mind, how equanimity gives rise to wise action and how our conditioned habits of mind interface with living a life of balance.
2009-10-26 Giant Lizards and Exploding Stars - Mindfulness, Curiosity and Liberation 62:16
Greg Scharf
Mindfulness is the key to the entire path of practice. We explore the entire universe and plumb the depths of what it means to be human by bring mindfulness to our present moment experience.
2009-10-29 Five Hindrances 57:21
Pascal Auclair
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