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Retreat Dharma Talks at Spirit Rock Meditation Center

Journey Into Refuge, Presence, and Love

In these overwhelming times, let’s deepen refuge, as well as reconnect with community and our shared roots within the sacred web of life. This will be a time of contemplation and remembrance as we journey through the grief of so much loss and the hope of the human spirit, offering thanks for the beauty of this world.

Within contemplative quietude, supported by calm and insight meditation in a mindful, gentle retreat container, we will draw from teachings and practices that enable timelessness and openings into the heart medicine of love and compassion.

The retreat will source from a synthesis of the Theravāda Elder’s Way and Mahāyāna practices and teachings around Quan Yin’s compassionate Bodhisattva Path. This includes mantras, chanting, and ceremony. The retreat concludes with a Quan Yin Compassion Ceremony. In addition to Dharma talks, meditation instructions, and daily Yoga sessions, there will be small group meetings with the teachers.

2022-11-18 (9 days) Spirit Rock Meditation Center

2022-11-19 Samadhi: Cultivating a Gathered Heart & Mind - Kittisaro 56:22
Kittisaro, Dawn Mauricio, Djuna Devereaux, Gullu Singh, Thanissara
Steps on Anapanasati: Mindfulness of Breath
2022-11-20 Breath Meditation: Steps to Shift out of Suffering 46:07
Balance and the cultivation of a contemplative mind supported by Jhana factors.
2022-11-20 Dharma Talk (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 54:43
Gullu Singh
2022-11-21 Guided Meditation: Knowing the Hindrances 37:16
Djuna Devereaux
The balance of samatha and vipassana. Investigating the hindrances.
2022-11-21 The Freedom in Meeting this Moment. 52:51
Dawn Mauricio
2022-11-22 Reverence: Opening the Door to the Deathless (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 31:19
Kittisaro, Dawn Mauricio, Djuna Devereaux, Gullu Singh, Thanissara
Reflections around Dukkha and its cause, the two fundamental roots, and the importance of contemplating change. Guest/dust simile and noticing that which never changes.
2022-11-22 Accessing Peace through Letting Be (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 47:03
Thanissara, Dawn Mauricio, Djuna Devereaux, Gullu Singh, Kittisaro
Finding a Balance Within Letting go and Engaging.
2022-11-22 The Great Return: A Taste of Peace (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 67:55
2022-11-23 The Awakened Heart (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 54:19
Dawn Mauricio, Djuna Devereaux
Honoring the lineages of Theravada and Mahayana. Cultivating the bodhisattva heart through the Brahma Viharas
2022-11-24 Return to Earth: Dharma in Times of Dismemberment 53:57
From separative consciousness to participatory beings within the sacred web of life rooted in Bodhicitta.
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