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Retreat Dharma Talks at Spirit Rock Meditation Center

The Four Elements Retreat

Awaken through the body with the Four Elements: earth, air, fire, and water. This is a foundational practice taught by the Buddha and part of the Theravāda lineage. The essence of this practice is timeless and found in indigenous cultures and traditions around the world.

This retreat is centered around cultivating a grounded, embodied practice that leans toward concentration, direct experience of anatta (not-self), and impermanence. As the elements become more alive in your awareness, a deeper connection with the natural world is felt. The surroundings of Spirit Rock will hold the retreat in this beautiful way. This practice can also be healing, fostering a new relationship with the body. The retreat will also include some heart practices to further support and nourish this healing.

Practice periods will include silent and guided sitting, walking meditation, and dharma guidance.

2022-01-18 (5 days) Spirit Rock Meditation Center

2022-01-19 Four Elements Instructions: Mindfulness of Earth Element 54:12
Bonnie Duran
Guided meditations on body scan for Earth Element.
2022-01-19 Water Element 27:55
Kate Munding
2022-01-19 Understanding Dukkha (Un-satisfactoriness and Suffering) 46:17
Kate Munding
Introducing the Three Characteristics of existence through the practice of the four elements.
2022-01-20 Instructions on 4 Elements Meditation: Mindfulness of Water Element 65:44
Bonnie Duran
This is a guided body scan of water element meditation - part of Mindfulness of the Body.
2022-01-20 Heart Practice with the Earth and the Elements (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 30:58
Kate Munding
2022-01-21 Air/ Wind Element (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 59:00
Kate Munding
2022-01-21 Not-Self, Healthy Self, Anatta (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 48:53
Kate Munding
How to understand the Buddha's teachings on Anatta (not-self)
2022-01-22 Practicing in the Body for Insight : Impermanence 42:57
Bonnie Duran
This talk gives information about practicing with the 4 Elements and with Vedana/Feeling tone for insight into impermanence.
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