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Examining Reality as a Path to Freedom: Insight Meditation Retreat for Experienced Students

"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one," said Einstein. This forceful statement echoes the Buddha's teachings of liberation. Buddhist practice allows us to gain first-hand insights into the true nature of our constructed, illusive reality. As we dive into a fine-grained investigation of our experience, we begin to see how different interpretations of reality are constructed by our mind. This inquiry can break the seeming solidity, permanence and continuity of our unexamined experience. As this process unfolds, we open to unexpected perspectives, and ultimately, freedom. Initial instructions on this silent retreat will encourage stabilizing our attention through samatha. Then instructions will be given for more refined levels of observation of phenomena through vipassana. Although traditional Buddhist concentration and insight practices will primarily be offered, the teachers will also draw on complementary disciplines to provide a broader context for our investigations. The goal, however, always remains concrete and practical: greater inner peace and liberation.
2017-05-22 (8 days) Spirit Rock Meditation Center

  
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2017-05-23 Day 1 Instructions: Arriving & Settling into the Practice (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 56:52
Nikki Mirghafori
2017-05-23 Realities and How We Come to See Them (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 52:01
Sayadaw U Jagara
Based on the quality of our life (mind included), we come to see things in a clearer perspective. (An: 11,2 Cetana Sutta)
2017-05-23 Day 1 Guided Metta: Meeting Everything That Arises with Kindness (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 38:15
Nikki Mirghafori
2017-05-24 Day 2: Instructions and Sitting: Approaches to Our Meditation (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 40:15
Sayadaw U Jagara
2017-05-24 Examining Reality: Preparing Ourselves by Grounding in Ethical Integrity (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 55:16
Nikki Mirghafori
This talk was given on the second day of a week-long retreat entitled, "Examining Reality". Four ways of practicing with sila (virtue) from the Visuddhimagga are discussed. The talk ends with an invitation to examine our assumptions about our physical experience of reality. Recorded at Spirit Rock at "Examining Reality as a Path to Freedom: Insight Meditation Retreat for Experienced Students"
2017-05-24 Day 2: Metta sit with Guidance: Related to Examining Reality (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 26:55
Sayadaw U Jagara
2017-05-25 Day 3 Instructions: Four Elements Meditation (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 50:52
Nikki Mirghafori
2017-05-25 From "Let Go" to "Let's Go": Provided we know where we are (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 51:54
Sayadaw U Jagara
Inquiry has to start with acknowledging where we are now, then further discernment will tell us a bit more about the why. Based on the morning instructions on the 4 Elements we come to know more about the dynamics of our life, i.e. the body and mind and the whole universe.
2017-05-25 Day 3 Guided Metta: Metta for Self, Receiving Metta (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 33:39
Nikki Mirghafori
2017-05-26 Investigating the Body Leading to Investigating the Mind (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 49:16
Nikki Mirghafori
In this talk, the path of gradual cultivation is discussed, starting with establishing a container of Metta/Loving-kindness. Then, we calm and unify the mind, followed by investigating the body (through four elements meditation) which leads to investigating the mind and mental factors. Recorded at Spirit Rock at "Examining Reality as a Path to Freedom: Insight Meditation Retreat for Experienced Students"
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