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Retreat Dharma Talks at Spirit Rock Meditation Center

Insight and Awakening: The Liberating Art of Samatha-Vipassana

The ancient invitation of the Buddha was to "Come and see" for yourself the truth of the way things are. Samatha-Vipassana (Calming and Insight) gives you the capacity to calm your restless and scattered mind and gain liberating insight from direct and sustained contact with reality.

In this retreat we will weave together traditional approaches to Samatha-Vipassana practice and a series of body based energy and awareness practices to support you in cultivating tranquility of mind, balance of body and energy, and the capacity to see deeply into the nature of your own mind with wisdom and clarity. The aim of this practice is liberation here and now for the benefit of all beings.

2017-03-27 (6 days) Spirit Rock Meditation Center

2017-03-28 Morning Guided Instructions: Breath and Body 34:00
Anushka Fernandopulle
2017-03-28 The Keys to Practice (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 44:51
Anushka Fernandopulle
Dharma talk on day one of retreat. Working with challenges. Investigating experience. Happiness beyond changing circumstances.
2017-03-29 Morning Instructions-Emotions 31:57
Will Kabat-Zinn
2017-03-29 Day Two: Afternoon Instructions-Working with Thoughts 46:10
Anushka Fernandopulle
Guided practice in investigating thought in practice.
2017-03-30 Morning Instructions-Vedana (feeling tone) 32:31
Will Kabat-Zinn
2017-03-30 Day Three: Afternoon Instructions- Unstoppable Friendliness 59:03
Anushka Fernandopulle
Guided Metta-well wishing (Q&A). Loving kindness to benefactor, friend, neutral person, self.
2017-03-30 Some Different Ways of Looking at Dharma Practice (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 47:01
Anushka Fernandopulle
Different perspectives on dharma and retreat. Practice as an act of devotion, purification, lab experiment and more.
2017-03-31 Open Awareness Instructions & Q&A 54:36
Anushka Fernandopulle
Day 4 instructions morning practice period, plus questions and answers. Last full day of retreat.
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