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Retreat Dharma Talks at Spirit Rock Meditation Center

Insight Meditation Retreat, February Month long

An extended period of retreat offers the rare opportunity for sustained and dedicated practice. This retreat emphasizes quieting the mind, opening the heart, and developing profound clarity and depth of insight practice. Instruction will follow the traditional four foundations of mindfulness combined with training in lovingkindness and compassion, through a daily schedule of silent sitting, walking, dharma talks and interviews.

2012-02-01 (29 days) Spirit Rock Meditation Center

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2012-02-02 What is Mindfulness? 54:27
Sally Armstrong
Even though we talk a lot about mindfulness, we often don't fully understand what the Buddha meant by "samma sati" or right mindfulness. This talk explores samma sati and also "sati-panna"-mindfulness wisdom: the wisdom that naturally develops when we pay attention.
2012-02-03 The Wise Attitude in Practice: Relaxed, Interested, Kind Awareness 57:28
James Baraz
If we can remember the skillful attitude of relaxation, interest and kind awareness with our experience the practice unfolds naturally and deeply.
2012-02-04 Awareness and Wisdom 56:16
Carol Wilson
Wisdom arises naturally when there is a steady momentum of "pure" awareness. That is, when the mind is not colored by views based in greed, aversion or bewilderment. Learning to recognize and trust this natural process is a keystone of the practice.
2012-02-06 Patterns of Becoming 1: Introduction 62:29
Guy Armstrong
The first of a series of talks exploring how the sense of self is generated over and over, creating patterns of limitation and unease; how mediation practice shows us the release from these cycles.
2012-02-07 Renunciation as Letting Go of What No Longer Serves Us 57:44
Sally Armstrong
We usually think of renunciation as giving up what we cherish, but true renunciation can be a practice that springs from a sense of well being, giving up what no longer serves us to find greater happiness.
2012-02-08 This Precious Opportunity 63:24
James Baraz
Suffering can lead to contraction and more suffering or can be a catalyst for awakening. Just why and how some people have the good karma to hear the Dharma and practice is a mysterious blessing and precious opportunity. This talk explores the different temperaments that fuel practice, known as the Four Iddhipadas.
2012-02-11 Patterns of Becoming 2: The Five Aggregates 60:41
Guy Armstrong
The second in a series of talks explores the formation of self through the five aggregates, a list which describes our total human experience. The Buddha talked about the activities of "I-ing" and "my-ing" as creating a self view around each one of the aggregates.
2012-02-12 Bringing Kindness and Wisdom to the Judging Mind 58:21
Sally Armstrong
The habit of judging; ourselves and others can be a huge source of suffering. Exploring the conditioned nature of this tendency of mind can lead to greater happiness and freedom.
2012-02-14 Compassion and Mindfulness 60:14
Carol Wilson
The Dalai Lama has said that compassion develops through a deep insight into and understanding suffering. The difficult times we go through on retreat are a wonderful opportunity to explore the possibility of compassion in relationship to our own experience.
2012-02-15 7 Factors of Awakening 1:11:09
Pascal Auclair
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