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Joyful Stillness – April 20-25, 2011 (1 of 6) Guided Meditation

Joyful Stillness
5 day Easter Samatha-Vipassana Meditation Retreat
April 20, 2011 – April 25, 2011

Joy plays a very special role in Buddhist practice. The spontaneous arising of Joy marks an important stage in the progress of meditation practice. Meditative Joy, often referred to as rapture, is one of the Seven Factors of Enlightenment taught by the Buddha. It is also a factor of deep meditative absorption. Joy is distinguished from happiness or bliss, with which it is easily confused. Learn how to awaken joy, so essential to the spiritual life. This Samatha-Vipassana silent residential meditation retreat offers extensive opportunity to deepen your practice through alternating sitting and walking meditation as well as instruction, personal interviews, Dharma talks/discussion and meditative movement sessions.



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Relax your body. This give you body quick scan. You need to adjust the physician or any part of your body you so find any tension anywhere i that hashtag. Your body still on relaxed? I just sit here and be fully present. Oh, i yourself, too. But I'll allow your attention to move to anything that it wants other than thoughts about the past to the future or something else. Any sensations, any sounds. Just sit here and then take in the present. As you coming into the present. Let go. Everything else in the world, all of your worries and concerns.

Quality responsibilities, problems, things like that. Just let to go. Completely here now for the next five days, nothing else to worry about that's being totally present. Bring your attention to the body itself. So whatever sensations are in or on the surface of your bottom. While your attention to freely moves through your body. Feel the wait and reply you against patricia on your. Field sensations of the clothing asterisk scan. But she a warmth for cool miss. You may be aware of other sounds, other things.

But get the attention on the sensations of the body. This place are comfortable still relaxed body awareness. Will be obvious that most prominent sensations are those produced by the movement of breathing. The the chest perhaps with my shoulders. Sensations of prep entering and leading the nostril. Explore all of these sensations of the graph. That's your awareness of the body, the rest of the body be in the background. Along the sounds or anything else. Restrict your intention to the exploration of the sensations of the breath.

Check once second again your body is completely relaxed still. You need the echo or any intention to slow. Now while observing the sensations in the. Gradually bring the focus of your attention to the sensations of the air entering leaving nostril. Explore that area. Try. Where those sensations are clear most easily observed. At a whole of the sensations of the breath look into the background. Together with lot stations, sounds anything else. Keep your attention for sensations so grasp the. No sensations of each in each.

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And we'll talk to again tomorrow.

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