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Retreat Dharma Talks at Spirit Rock Meditation Center

Natural Mind

Your mind - the mind that allows you to read this page, to hear the sounds around you, to smell, taste, feel, think and to know that these things are happening - is the mind of all the Buddhas of the past, present, and future. This natural mind is the source, substance and expression of innate freedom and ease; the ground and culmination of the Buddha’s teaching. And yet because we are entrapped in speculative thinking, in hopes and fears about the future, in regret, remorse or nostalgia about the past, and in identification with what is happening in the present, few of us recognize and live from this natural mind. Few of us realize inherent fulfillment.

In this retreat we will delve into the traditional practice of samatha/vipassana (calming and insight.) Quieting our incessant mind-chatter, we look deeply into the nature of our own experience. Seeing clearly the impermanence of all things internally and externally, we come to rest more on that which is always here, the groundless ground of all experience, our natural state and true home.

2013-10-09 (6 days) Spirit Rock Meditation Center

2013-10-10 Meeting Your Life as it Is 61:16
Howard Cohn
How to navigate and realize the four noble truths with mindfulness and awareness.
2013-10-12 You are not what you think 60:44
Howard Cohn
Exploring self view and the way the house of self is built.
2013-10-13 The Common Denominator II 59:32
Will Kabat-Zinn
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