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Deepening Practice & Wisdom

By now you have attended many Spirit Rock programs and a number of retreats over a period of five years or more. At this stage, the teachings of the Buddha have become integral to your daily life.

Central to this level is the Dedicated Practitioners’ Program (DPP). This is a 2-year program that includes five non-silent, residential retreats, monthly homework and regular interviews with a teacher. The prerequisite for entry into DPP is five years of practice and 50 days of silent, residential Insight Meditation retreats. For more information on DPP, click here.

You are encouraged to attend retreats for senior students, such as the Concentration retreat, or to attend longer retreats like the annual one- and two-month retreats at Spirit Rock.

It may be appropriate for you to co-lead a Dharma Friends (Kalyana Mitta) group with another senior student.

There are many books suitable for students at this level. Some books of particular interest are:

Commitment to an on-going meditation practice is essential at this level. Dharma understanding starts to penetrate every aspect of your life.

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1/31/2015 Insight Meditation Two Month Retreat - 56 nights, ends Mar 28
1/31/2015 February Insight Meditation 1-Month Retreat - 28 nights, ends Feb 28
Sally Armstrong, James Baraz, Carol Wilson, Greg Scharf, Brian Lesage, Martha Link (yoga)
2/21/2015 Maranasati: Mindfulness of Death
Eugene Cash
2/28/2015 March Insight Meditation 1-Month Retreat - 28 nights, ends Mar 28
Donald Rothberg, John Travis, Heather Sundberg, Winnie Nazarko, Mary Grace Orr (1st two weeks), Sylvia Boorstein (2nd two weeks), Teja Bell (qigong)
4/25/2015 Dhamma Everywhere: Awareness with Wisdom Retreat (LOTTERY) - 14 nights, ends May 9
Sayadaw U Tejaniya
5/18/2015 A Field Guide to the Mind: Practical Abhidhamma for Meditators - 7 nights, ends May 25
Steve Armstrong, Mark Nunberg

 

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