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Retreat Dharma Talks at Gaia House

Insight Dialogue and Bhava - Becoming and Identification

2014-10-01 (6 days) Gaia House

2014-10-01 Relax and the Formation of Self 18:52
Gregory Kramer
The meditation instruction Relax encompasses releasing muscle tension, accepting and allowing present moment experience, tranquility, concentration, and metta. Since the tension of clinging (upadana) is the condition for the arising of becoming, this meditation instruction on relaxing and accepting is central to the process of knowing and releasing the process of self-making.
2014-10-01 Turning Towards Dhukka 16:14
Gregory Kramer
The First Noble Truth is not a philosophical statement; it is a guidance for life and for meditation practice. Turn towards, look at, suffering. Inherent in this teaching is the Buddhas guidance that the only way out is through: denial and avoidance will not work. Meditation itself can be a path of avoidance, as can so many worldly distractions and addictions. On this Insight Dialogue retreat we are committed to turning towards Dukkha with the support of silent meditation, wisdom teachings, and each other.
2014-10-02 Reflections on Insight Dialogue 28:34
Ajahn Sukhacitto
2014-10-03 Speaking the Truth in Meditation. Listening Deeply 44:49
Gregory Kramer
In meditation, the truth is the truth of experience. To speak the truth, mindfulness is essential; its the only way experience can be known. This talk tracks the act of speaking from the wordless beginnings, through the tension behind the urge to speak (even innocuous speech), an onto the physical act. When the thread of sati is maintained, there is a natural authenticity, a coherence between experience and its symbolization in words. The deep of Listen Deeply is likewise traced, with mindfulness and concentration making possible a continuity of awareness. When such listening and speaking meet, the mind-to-mind transmission is of a different order from ordinary speech.
2014-10-03 Bhava, Becoming 31:56
Gregory Kramer
The self arises with each moment of clinging; this can be seen particularly clearly in relational practice because the self has been forged through all our relations.
2014-10-04 Contemplation on Bhava 31:51
Gregory Kramer
An Insight Dialogue contemplation the experience of becoming in our worldly and relational lives, and in each moment of contact with the world.
2014-10-05 The Unknowable Knowable Factors of Awakening 15:07
Gregory Kramer
The mind is more mysterious than thought can comprehend. So to name the factors of awakening is, in some sense, impossible. And yet, we can know something, it can be helpful, even powerful, to actively cultivate these factors in Insight Dialogue meditation as well as in silent meditation.
2014-10-06 Guided Meditation on the Factors of Awakening 38:58
Gregory Kramer
After practicing dhammanupassana in Insight Dialogue, attending to the first four factors of sati (mindfulness), investigation of phenomena, energy and joy, this 40 minutes guided meditation takes us, in silence, through these four and onwards to the three calming factors of tranquility, concentration and equanimity.
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