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File08_(AM)_Contemplating_feeling.mp3
File08_(AM)_Contemplating_feeling.mp3Contemplatingt Feeling815 viewsPatrick Kearney's Vipassana Retreat Talk at Bodhi Tree Monastery (2009)

This morning we move onto the third satipatthana, that of vedana, usually translated “feeling.” We explore what we mean by feeling, and try to come to an understanding of what the Buddha means by “vedana.” Vedana can be seen as the affective aspect of experience, the capacity of any given experience to move us in some way — to provoke a response. For the Buddha, feeling and response are inextricably linked. To understand what we do, we must understand what — and how — we feel.
Jan 10, 2010
File07_On_truth_and_Kondannas_awakening.mp3
File07_On_truth_and_Kondannas_awakening.mp3On Truth and Kondannas Awakening816 viewsPatrick Kearney's Vipassana Retreat Talk at Bodhi Tree Monastery (2009)

We continue with Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta (Turning the dharma wheel), completing our examination of the four truths by looking at the Buddha's conception of truth, found in Canki Sutta (MN 95). When the Buddha speaks about “truth,” what does he mean? A proposition? Something to believe? Or is he speaking of something else?
Jan 10, 2010
File06_(AM)_Contemplating_breathing.mp3
File06_(AM)_Contemplating_breathing.mp3Contemplating Breathing831 viewsPatrick Kearney's Vipassana Retreat Talk at Bodhi Tree Monastery (2009)

This morning we experiment with breathing as our meditation object. We learn to experience breathing as air element (vayo dhatu) — the movements within the body associated with inhalation and exhalation — and cultivate a sense of detail and precision in tracking these movements.
Jan 10, 2010
File05_The_four_truths_pain_pleasure.mp3
File05_The_four_truths_pain_pleasure.mp3The Four Truths793 viewsPatrick Kearney's Vipassana Retreat Talk at Bodhi Tree Monastery (2009)

Continuing with Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta (Turning the dharma wheel), we examine the four truths, and in particular how they show the Buddha's understanding of pleasure and pain. The truths provide the fundamental structure of the teaching. We see dukkha presented as the pain arising from our delusion and drivenness. Then we look at how Siddhartha, before he became Buddha, turned his practice around through a spontaneous memory from his childhood which stimulated the arising of a fundamental question: “Why am I afraid of pleasure?” The practice requires pleasure — but what kind of pleasure?
Jan 10, 2010
File04_(AM)_Contemplating_elements.mp3
File04_(AM)_Contemplating_elements.mp3Contemplating the Elements921 viewsPatrick Kearney's Vipassana Retreat Talk at Bodhi Tree Monastery (2009)

The foundation of satipatthana (establishing mindfulness) is the tracking (anupassana), or contemplation, of our experience of body. As we remain present to physical experience over time, we learn to drop beneath our concepts of body to its direct, sensual impact. What we normally take to be “my body” becomes, as we go deeper, different manifestations of the four elements of earth, air, fire and water.
Jan 10, 2010
File03_The_middle_way.mp3
File03_The_middle_way.mp3The Middle Way919 viewsPatrick Kearney's Vipassana Retreat Talk at Bodhi Tree Monastery (2009)

Tonight we begin our examination of Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta (Turning the dharma wheel), the Buddha's first recorded teaching, delivered to his five ascetic companions. He has found a strategy to communicate the dharma, which he calls the "middle way" (majjhima pa?ipada). What is the middle way, and how does the Buddha communicate it? And what does "turning the wheel" refer to?

We also preview the four truths, how their basic structure reveals the Buddha’s dynamic vision of dependent arising (paticcasamuppada).
Jan 10, 2010
File01_At_Bodh_Gaya.mp3
File01_At_Bodh_Gaya.mp3At Bodh Gaya1131 viewsPatrick Kearney's Vipassana Retreat Talk at Bodhi Tree Forest Monastery (2009)

Tonight we look at the Buddha's activities during the weeks immediately after his awakening. We see him as a powerful shaman, and how he wrestled with the question of whether or not he should attempt to communicate his awakening. It took the intervention of Brahma Sahampati to persuade him to teach. Why was the Buddha so reluctant? And what does his reluctance tell us about the dharma he wanted to teach — and about himself?
Jan 10, 2010
File02_(AM)_Introducing_Mahasi_method.mp3
File02_(AM)_Introducing_Mahasi_method.mp3Introducing Mahasi Method1894 viewsPatrick Kearney's Vipassana Retreat Talk at Bodhi Tree Monastery (2009)

Today we introduce the method of meditation we are practising during this retreat. Yesterday morning we just brought a sense of open curiosity to the examination of mind/body experience. This morning we are applying system to this investigation, stimulating what the Buddha calls yoniso manasikara, “appropriate attention.” We do this through the meditation method created by Mahasi Sayadaw of Burma (1904-1982), which is structured by his division of experience into primary and secondary object, along with the fundamental activities of noting, naming and noticing.
Jan 10, 2010
12_Continuing-practice-home.mp3
12_Continuing-practice-home.mp3(12) Continuing the Practice at Home1427 viewsAfter a retreat, the challenge of continuing the practice at home needs to be considered. Strategies and advice on how to cope with the daily routine and incorporating the practice into daily life is given.Jul 29, 2009
08_Paying-attention-feelings.mp3
08_Paying-attention-feelings.mp3(8) Paying Attention to Feelings2550 viewsThe Buddha said: "All things converge in Feelings", so paying attention to feelings, whether they are pleasant, unpleasant or indifferent is the is the primary focus in Vipassana meditation.Jul 29, 2009
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