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February Insight Meditation Retreat: A Retreat for Experienced Students with James Baraz, Sally Armstrong, Kamala Masters, Andrea Fella, Dawn Scott, Bob Stahl, PhD, Louije Kim and Martha "Rasika" Link

Prerequisite: Before registering, you must have already completed a minimum of 21 days of retreat practice, with those retreats being six days or longer. These retreats should have been silent meditation retreats led by Spirit Rock, IMS, or IRC teachers, or other recognized Insight Meditation teachers. The retreats should have had a similar format to this retreat, with instructions, practices and talks focused on Insight Meditation.

Description:
Instead of the annual month-long, the February teaching team will lead a 12-day online retreat for experienced students. This extended retreat offers a rare opportunity for sustained and dedicated practice. Emphasis will be on quieting the mind, opening the heart and developing profound clarity and depth of insight practice. Instructions will follow the traditional four foundations of mindfulness, combined with training in lovingkindness and compassion, through a daily schedule of silent stillness and mindful movement meditation, Dharma talks, and practice meetings with teachers.

We will encourage attendees to commit to the spirit of intensive practice with minimal input from the external world, and maintaining silence as much as possible. We look forward to supporting experienced students looking for a more traditional intensive retreat while practicing at home online.

2021-02-01 (12 days) Spirit Rock Meditation Center

  
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2021-02-03 Mindfulness of Body, Breath, and Sounds 44:15
Sally Armstrong
Basic instructions on mindfulness practice
2021-02-03 The Story of Lovingkindness/Metta 48:36
Bob Stahl
The story on the origins of the Metta Sutta
2021-02-03 Holding the Judging Mind with Compassion 57:36
James Baraz
Our mind is habitually judging and comparing ourselves with others or against some unrealistic standard of perfection. Seeing this habit as part of the human experience and not taking it personally is an important part of our practice. We can learn to relate to it with wisdom and compassion that transforms it from being a personal problem to a wise understanding of the selfless nature of experience.
2021-02-04 Guided Meditation on Refinement of the Breath 48:10
James Baraz
This meditation is a support for exploring the subtleties of the breath as an aid to deepening concentration.
2021-02-04 Working with the Dear Friend 50:06
Andrea Fella
2021-02-04 Renunciation and the Paramis 60:40
Kamala Masters
Dharma Talk
2021-02-05 Morning Instructions on Body, and how to handle pain 39:52
Kamala Masters
Morning Sit with Instructions
2021-02-05 Forgiveness 50:26
James Baraz
An important support for metta practice is forgiveness that softens the contracted heart that is stuck in aversion or ill will. This guided meditation practice first focuses on forgiveness towards ourselves--our body, mind, and heart--and then opens to both asking and extending forgiveness with others.
2021-02-06 Metta for the neutral person 42:49
Sally Armstrong
Developing metta for the neutral person, someone we don't know very well
2021-02-06 The Heart of the Dhamma 59:25
Bob Stahl
The story of Siddartha’s journey of awakening and what was realized and understood with the ending of suffering and deep peace.
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