2017-01-04 BMIMC four-day insight meditation retreat recordings

A four-day insight meditation retreat exploring the Satipatthana Sutta (Four Foundations of Mindfulness)

2017-01-04 01 Retreat Opening – refuges and precepts, metta 28:40 mins

Cultivating supports for the retreat container: taking the refuges and precepts, and developing an attitude of kind curiosity


2017-01-04 02 Brief overview of insight meditation practice 4:00 mins

Brief overview of the purpose and practice of insight meditation


2017-01-05 03 Instructions: mindfulness of breathing 14:00 mins

Some definitions of mindfulness, and two ways of working with mindfulness of breathing: for calm and concentration, or to refine mindfulness and clarity


2017-01-05 04 Guided meditation: mindfulness of breathing in two ways 28:41 mins

Two ways of working with mindfulness of the breath: to settle the mind and/or refine awareness


2017-01-05 05 Instructions: Refining mindfulness of the body 8:24 mins

Instructions for paying closer attention to physical sensations in the body, and guidance on meditating in pairs, naming physical sensations out loud


2017-01-05 06 Talk: Three Universal Characteristics and the Five Hindrances 52:14 mins

The purpose of insight as seeing clearly into the three universal characteristics of anicca – impermanence, dukkha – unsatisfactoriness, and anatta – not-self, and how the five hindrances of sensual desire, ill will or aversion, sloth and torpor, restlessness and remorse, and sceptical doubt get in the way of clear seeing


2017-01-06 07 Instructions: Mental Noting and Mindfulness of Hearing 12:49 mins

Different approaches to mindfulness, including the use of mental noting and using sound as the meditation object


2017-01-06 08 Guided Meditation: Mindfulness of Hearing 24:27 mins

Opening to sound as a meditation object


2017-01-06 09 Instructions: Mindfulness of Feeling-tone (Vedana) 10:18 mins

Learning how to recognise pleasant, unpleasant and neutral feeling-tone at the six sense doors, and guidance for exploring this in pairs, naming pleasant and unpleasant feeling-tone out loud


2017-01-06 10 Talk: The Five Hindrances part 2 43:15 mins

The Five Hindrances and some techniques for working with difficult emotions


2017-01-07 11 Instructions: Mindfulness of Mind 13:38 mins

Bringing awareness to mental activity, and ways of reducing identification with thoughts


2017-01-07 12 Guided Meditation: Mindfulness of Mind 28:21 mins

Starting with mindfulness of breathing, opening to physical sensations, sounds, thoughts, and emotions


2017-01-07 13 Instructions: Metta meditation 9:31 mins

An overview of how metta works with insight practice, and how to practice it for the category known as the benefactor


2017-01-07 14 Guided meditation: Metta for the Benefactor 26:49 mins

Beginning by connecting with one’s own well-being, then extending the energy of warmth and good will to the benefactor by silent repeating phrases of well-wishing


2017-01-07 15 Talk: Overview of the Seven Factors of Awakening 45:44 mins

An overview of the Seven Factors of Awakening: Mindfulness, Investigation, Energy, Joy, Tranquillity, Concentration and Equanimity, then exploring the Factor of Energy in more detail


2017-01-07 16 Instructions: Integrating Practice into Daily Life 14:49mins

Cultivating equanimity and ways to continuing deepening the practice at home



 Stupa at the Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre