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Dharma Talks Access for Retreatants at Auckland Insight Meditation

Finding the heart of freedom

This nine-day online retreat provides an opportunity to explore the Four Noble Truths that form the heart of the Buddha’s teaching. These teachings invite us to examine our relationship to dukkha: stress, distress, unsatisfactoriness, suffering, on deeper and deeper levels. Most of us though, have an instinctive resistance to suffering, so we need to practice working skilfully with the different obstacles that often show up along the path to freedom. As we learn how to release these obstacles, we’re able to live with greater ease, happiness, and peace, and to connect with the wisdom and compassion that are our true nature.
2020-08-21 (9 days) Auckland Insight Meditation

  
2020-08-25 31 meditation: compassion practice 17:52
Jill Shepherd
Beginning with compassion for a friend who's suffering, then oneself
2020-08-25 32 talk: Dependent Origination 53:28
Julie Downard
An overview of Dependent Origination
2020-08-26 38 instructions: opening to choiceless awareness 25:19
Julie Downard
2020-08-26 33 instructions: mindfulness of the mind 40:17
Julie Downard
2020-08-26 34 meditation: mindfulness of mind 28:46
Julie Downard
2020-08-26 39 instructions: practising in daily life 3:46
Julie Downard
2020-08-26 36 instructions: the clinging aggregates of perception and mental formations 13:16
Jill Shepherd
Exploring the role that perception and volitional mental formations play in constructing identity, and can easily lead to proliferation when there's no mindfulness
2020-08-26 37 talk: common afflictive thought-patterns and some ways to help them release 44:33
Jill Shepherd
Learning how to recognise common afflictive thought patterns such as "lack" mind and comparing mind, and using wisdom and compassion to help them release
2020-08-27 42 instructions: directed and undirected practice 21:08
Julie Downard
Developing the skill of knowing when to use which practice methods
2020-08-27 41 talk: The truth that changes everything 45:55
Julie Downard
The Buddha's Awakening, and an exploration of the Bahiya Sutta
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