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Retreat Dharma Talks at Spirit Rock Meditation Center

From the Breath to Spacious Awareness

2015-06-15 (7 days) Spirit Rock Meditation Center

2015-06-16 Concentration (Samadhi) Practice 58:01
Donald Rothberg
A practically-based exploration of the nature of concentration and its place in practice, how to practice concentration (complementing the morning instructions), five challenges of concentration practice and how to work with them, and the relationship of concentration and insight practice.
2015-06-17 Understanding Things as they Really Are: From Concentration to Insight 54:01
Susie Harrington
Concentration is a skillful means that provides a foundation for understanding things as they really are (Yatha Bhuta). Through the direct experience of impermanence, freedom unfolds.
2015-06-18 Day Three: Afternoon Instructions with Qigong 1:14:15
Teja Bell
2015-06-18 From Insight Practice to Spacious Awareness 60:49
Donald Rothberg
We examine practicing with the Three Characteristics, particularly with Dukkha (suffering) and anatta (not-self). Then we explore "spacious awareness," a type of non-conceptual awareness beyond the splits of knower and known, particularly in the teachings of the Buddha and the Thai Forest tradition, with some reference to Tibetan and Zen traditions. Thirdly, we outline a number of ways to access this kind of awareness.
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