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Retreat Dharma Talks at Spirit Rock Meditation Center

February Month-long Retreat

2017-01-28 (29 days) Spirit Rock Meditation Center

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2017-01-29 Wise retreat (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 55:49
Sally Armstrong
For some people, the idea of retreat implies some form of escape or avoidance. But actually, meditation retreats, especially long ones, are deep dive into our direct experience, both individual and collective. Though we disengage from the busyness and distractions of our daily life, we are still deeply engaged in understanding the world and our place in it, and can return from retreat more balanced and compassionate, ready to engage wisely with our lives and the issues of our time.
2017-01-30 Five Spiritual Faculties: Understanding how Intensive Practice Works (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 57:46
James Baraz
The list of the Five Spiritual Faculties provides a good explanation of how the process of intensive retreat practice unfolds.
2017-01-31 Right View: From the Beginning and All Through the Path (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 55:44
Carol Wilson
2017-02-01 Working with Hindrances: Causes and Remedies (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 59:10
Bonnie Duran
This talk covers the unhindered mind, the causes of hindrances, and remedies.
2017-02-02 Exploring the Comings and Goings of Mindfulness (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 59:10
Andrea Fella
2017-02-03 First and Second Noble Truths (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 60:44
Guy Armstrong
The First Noble Truth, that there is suffering in life, has a call to action: this truth is to be fully understood. The Second Noble Truth, that the cause of suffering is craving, also has a call to action: craving is to be abandoned. Abandoning craving moves us to the Third Noble Truth, the end of suffering.
2017-02-04 Patience in Practice and Life (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 55:25
Sally Armstrong
Patience is one of the paramis, the 10 beautiful qualities of the heart/mind that we develop in our sincere practice. Patience is essential if we are to deepen in meditation, especially on long retreats, as it allows us to be present when things are difficult or not exciting, which can be a lot of the time! True patience not just tolerance, a willingness to put up with things until they get better. Patience is a full body experience, a commitment to being present with care and acceptance. Patience brings with it many other wholesome factors such as contentment and equanimity.
2017-02-05 Opening to Experience: How and When (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 61:03
James Baraz
One of the most profound gifts of retreat practice is learning to open to our experience. We develop confidence, courage, compassion and insight as we are willing to work with all the challenging and beautiful places the mind can take us to. And it's also good to know when it's more skillful to not open to those places if we need to have a stronger container to hold them. Qualities that support this opening such as forgiveness, patience, sense of humor, and self-compassion are explored.
2017-02-07 Effort & Energy (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 61:56
Andrea Fella
2017-02-08 The Two Darts: Mindfulness of Vedana can Purify the Heart (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 59:08
Carol Wilson
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