2017-09-01 BMIMC two-week retreat recordings

Two-week Insight Meditation retreat co-taught with Greg Scharf

Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre, NSW, Australia

1-15 September 2017

Awakening our Natural Wisdom

Vipassana or insight meditation is the simple direct practice of moment-to-moment observation of the mind/body process with relaxed, open and careful attention. Awareness infused with clear seeing reveals that whatever arises in our experience, is simply the natural display of impersonal conditions. As we learn to observe our experience from a place of stillness and balance supported by wise view, reality is accurately seen and liberating insight arises as a natural result. Loving-kindness or Metta meditation develops the heart’s capacity for patience, acceptance, and forgiveness as we connect with and care for ourselves and others.


2017-07-15 01 talk: Introduction to mindfulness of mind 13:05

Introduction of insight meditation and the four foundations of mindfulness, beginning with mindfulness of the body and the breath

2017-07-15 02 guided meditation: Mindfulness of breathing, body, sounds 28:04

30 minute guided meditation exploring mindfulness of the breath, physical sensations and sounds

2017-07-15 03 talk: short instructions on six sense doors 4:27

Short instructions on maintaining continuity of mindfulness through all six sense doors

2017-07-15 04 talk: mindfulness as non-reactivity 7:48

Short instructions for training in non-reactivity to thoughts

2017-07-15 05 guided meditation: breath, body, sounds, thoughts 27:15

Thirty minute guided meditation bringing mindfulness to the breath, body, sounds, then thoughts

2017-07-15 06 talk: Feeling tone – vedana 12:50

Short talk on feeling tone or vedana, with instructions for dyad (pairs) practice

2017-07-15 07 guided meditation: dyad practice exploring feeling-tone vedana 8:12

Guided dyad (pairs) meditation exploring pleasant and unpleasant feeling-tone. Allow three minutes for each person to speak.

2017-07-15 08 talk: working with difficult emotions 14:51

Short talk on different methods for working with recurrent challenging emotions

2017-07-15 09 guided meditation: working with difficult emotions 16:25

15 minute guided meditation lying down, exploring ways of relating skilfully to difficult emotions

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