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Cultivating Inner Freedom

A Five Day Silent Vipassana Retreat
2017-11-29 (5 days) Mount Eden Retreat Center

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2017-11-29 The Value of Retreat: Opening Talk 56:36
Oren Jay Sofer
The challenges, gifts and value of retreat, as well as suggestions for how to approach the practice.
2017-11-29 Just Enough Mindfulness 54:20
Oren Jay Sofer
Back to basics: What is mindfulness? How does it function? And how much mindfulness do we need to practice?
2017-11-30 Instructions and Guided Meditation: Establishing the Anchor 56:02
Oren Jay Sofer
Instructions for using an anchor to settle the mind and gather the attention, connecting and sustaining the attention.
2017-11-30 No Problem Hindrances 57:43
Oren Jay Sofer
The hindrances are part of the inner landscape on the journey to wholeness and awakening. When we recognize them with mindfulness, they don't need to be a problem.
2017-12-01 Our Duty is to Observe: Instructions and Guided Meditation 60:15
Oren Jay Sofer
Instructions on practicing with thoughts and emotions.
2017-12-01 Coming Close to Experience: Arousing Factors of Awakening 52:36
Oren Jay Sofer
How to arouse the energizing factors of awakening, which help bring the attention close to experience in an intimate way.
2017-12-02 The Poetry of Sound: Guided Meditation & Instructions 52:48
Oren Jay Sofer
Using sound to explore feeling tone and reactivity.
2017-12-02 Held in Awareness: Calming Factors of Awakening 54:28
Oren Jay Sofer
The calming factors of awakening support the mind to relate to experience with a balanced, steady awareness.
2017-12-03 Guided Meditation: Receiving Experience 29:13
Oren Jay Sofer
Final guided meditation of retreat
2017-12-03 Cultivating Practice, Expressing Dharma 39:18
Oren Jay Sofer
Closing talk: Dhamma practice is a way of life that can be cultivated and expressed in all activities. Suggestions for going home and bringing the practice into life.
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