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"In truth we are always present; we only imagine ourselves to be in one place or another."
—Howard Cohn

The Teachings of the Buddha

Spirit Rock Meditation Center is dedicated to the teachings of the Buddha as presented in the Vipassana tradition. Insight Meditation, the practice of mindful awareness, is at the heart of all our offerings. These programs are defined by the core of the Buddha’s teachings and offer an opportunity to explore everything from the basics of practice to the deepest concepts of the Buddha's teachings.
 
Some of the themes covered in this learning path include: the Four Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path, meditation, metta (loving-kindness practice), sangha (community), Vipassana, satipatthana (Four Foundations of Mindfulness), brahmaviharas (modes of conduct), awareness, essential Dharma, wise speech, dependent origination, equanimity, desire, breath, mindfulness of the body, monastic days, anatta (not self), karma, embodiment, abhidhamma (Buddhisht psychology), silence.

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11/17/2017 Thanksgiving Insight Meditation Retreat: A Journey into Presence, Peace and Gratitude - 9 nights, ends Nov 26
Thanissara, Kittisaro, Jaya Rudgard, Yong Oh (assistant), Solwazi Johnson (trainee), Jeanie Daskais (trainee)
11/26/2017 Zen Stories
Norman Fischer
11/29/2017 Liberate the Body and Stretch the Mind: Meditation & Yoga - Ends Nov 30
Wes Nisker, Katchie Ananda
12/2/2017 Contemplating Death, Awakening to Life
Eugene Cash
12/2/2017 Freedom from the Inner Critic
Mark Coleman
12/3/2017 Awakening through the Body: Embodied Wisdom for Challenging Times
Heather Sundberg, Manuela Mischke-Reeds
12/3/2017 A Fierce Heart – A Daylong for People of Color
Spring Washam
12/3/2017 The Courage to Live: The Practice of Forgiveness (LOTTERY) - 7 nights, ends Dec 10
Larry Yang, Noliwe Alexander, Devin Berry, Konda Mason, Amana Johnson (yoga)
12/8/2017 Introduction to Insight Meditation
Anushka Fernandopulle
12/9/2017 Apparent Here & Now
Ayya Anandabodhi, Ayya Santacitta, Isabelita Papa (qigong)
12/9/2017 Dharma through Myth and Stories
Pawan Bareja
12/9/2017 Meditation, Chanting and Winter Solstice Ritual
Jai Uttal, Debra Chamberlin-Taylor
12/10/2017 Your One Wild and Precious Life: A Day for Adventurous Women
Kate Munding, Betsy Rose
12/10/2017 The Art and Practice of Forgiveness
Phillip Moffitt
12/12/2017 A Year to Live: How to Live this Year As If It Were Your Last (2017/2018) - Ends Jan 9
Anna Douglas
12/15/2017 Awareness Is Your Best Friend
Howard Cohn
12/17/2017 Awakening Together: A Daylong Community Meditation Retreat
Larry Yang
12/18/2017 Solstice Insight Meditation Retreat - 5 nights, ends Dec 23
Donald Rothberg, John Travis, Heather Sundberg
12/24/2017 Elements of a Full Life Path
Amma Thanasanti
12/27/2017 New Year's Insight Meditation Retreat LOTTERY - 7 nights, ends Jan 3
Eugene Cash, Pam Weiss, Spring Washam, Alexis Santos, DaRa Williams, Janice Clarfield (yoga), Devon Hase (trainee)
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