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Retreat Dharma Talks at Spirit Rock Meditation Center

March Insight Meditation One Month Retreat

2023-02-25 (29 days) Spirit Rock Meditation Center

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2023-02-26 Day 1/Morning Instructions (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 56:34
Tuere Sala
2023-02-28 Afternoon Sit with Brahma Vihara Instructions (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 56:20
Tuere Sala
2023-02-28 Tender-hearted Humans Practicing with Doubt in an Uncertain World 54:25
JD Doyle
Practicing with doubt is at the heart of honoring ourselves and the diversity of our individual experiences. Explores doubt as a hindrance, as well as questioning doubt that can lead to faith and wisdom.
2023-03-01 Vedanā: The 2nd Foundation of Mindfulness (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 61:31
Tempel Smith
Key to all of our suffering and eventual freedom, mindfulness of vedanā disrupts our unconscious struggle to reject unpleasant experiences, crave pleasant experiences, and ignore neutral experiences. Since vedanā is a tone or aspect of every moment in the stream of our consciousness, it beocmes increasingly clear our agitation with life begins with reactivity to vedanā, and the training of a new kind of well being comes as we develop the ability to breath inside the stream with all three vedanās.
2023-03-02 Practical Instructions for Mindfulness of Vedanā (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 63:31
Tempel Smith
With a wise expectation of the three kinds of vedanā, we steady our mindfulness to intimately connect with unpleasantness, pleasantness, and neutral experiences. This is the first step with vedanā. The second is to cool off the old habits of reactivity , and the third is seeing vedanā is not inherent in the objects of our attention. Vedanā arises due to contact with the 6 sense doors, and operates on its own independent conditinality. This is difficult to see in daily life, and a precious opportunity on silent retreat.
2023-03-02 Guided Metta Meditation (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 47:35
Dana DePalma
A Guided Metta Meditation emphasizing the integration of Metta and Insight Meditation, including utilizing Sylvia Boorstein's phrase, "May I meet this moment fully; May I meet it as a friend," and variations of the second phrase such as "May I meet it with _______ (kindness, compassion, gentleness, patience, curiosity, receptivity, etc.). Includes a poem by Matty Weingast from "The First Free Women."
2023-03-02 The Sacredness of the Hindrances (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 66:16
Tuere Sala
2023-03-03 Morning Instructions - Vedena (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 56:09
Tuere Sala
2023-03-04 A Naturally Arising Approach to Vedena (Feeling Tone) (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 56:06
Phillip Moffitt
A guided meditation utilizing the naturally arising felt sense approach to vedena (feeling tone) including beginning with the Arriving Sequence.
2023-03-04 Curiosity about what is True 59:17
Dana DePalma
Dhammavicaya, often translated as "investigation of the dharma", is one of the 7 factors of awakening. This talks explores dhammavicaya as a naturally arising curiosity in relationship to what is true which does not necessarily have to be framed in words.
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