Opening the retreat with instruction on how to set up a session and how to spend the time in between sessions, as well as setting the proper motivation.
Series: Four Establishments of Mindfulness Retreat (Winter 2013)
Fitting the four establishments of mindfulness practices into the framework of the lamrim as well as the different levels of motivation for practicing Dharma.
The three types of dukkha and its causes, how to generate renunciation, and methods for generating bodhicitta.
General instructions on what to do during and between meditation sessions.
Explanations of various practices done at the Abbey.
How to structure a meditation session.
How the four establishments of mindfulness practice fits with the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment.
How to distinguish raw physical sensation and unpleasant feelings and noting how the mind relates to the experience.
Meditating on bones to deepen our understanding of impermanence and our renunciation of cyclic existence.
The distinction between the awakened buddha nature and the natural buddha nature and the conditions conducive for the awakened buddha nature.