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Retreat Dharma Talks

Young Adult Retreat

2008-08-04 (7 days) Spirit Rock Meditation Center

2008-08-05 Eye Of The Storm: The Benefits Of Mindfulness 56:27
Diana Winston
A talk for young adults (and others) on mindfulness, how it works, its benefits, what makes it hard, and some of the science of mindfulness.
2008-08-05 Brief Talk And Chanting 8:52
Bhante Buddharakkhita
2008-08-07 Accepting Experience While Wanting Change 58:33
Marvin Belzer
We use methods in mindfulness meditation to develop a number of highly valued qualities of mind including concentration, experiential inquiry, kindness, shared joy, and equanimity. At the same time we maintain from the beginning a basic attitude of radical acceptance; we respect self-acceptance as an element of each of the methods. Wait a minute. Is this coherent? Is it a joke? If we are practicing a method to improve the mind, can we really practice radical acceptance at the same time? Put abstractly it can be made to seem paradoxical. Yet the paradox can be resolved. And more important than conceptual resolution is the fact that in practice we find that the methods are transformative when practiced skillfully in a framework of radical acceptance.
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