Insight Retreat Center

Retreat Practice

Retreat Practice

The opportunity to dedicate a period of time to intensive meditation practice is one of the most precious aspects of our tradition. Continuity of attention over several days or longer, undisturbed by external demands or diversions, can allow the body to settle, the mind to clear, and the heart to relax. We can then attain a better understanding of ourselves, begin to release the habits of thought and behavior that are not helpful to us, and practice cultivating a peaceful mind and loving heart.

The support of a teacher and fellow retreatants helps create a safe and protected environment essential to this transformative process. A schedule of silent sitting and walking meditation is supported by daily dharma talks, instruction, and practice discussions with the teacher.

In this new book, Everything is Practice: A Guide for Insight Meditation Retreats, Gil describes how to practice with the many facets of retreats including preparing for and leaving a retreat, Dharma talks, practice discussions, sleep, pain, meals, silence, and mindful attitudes. This book is a detailed and practical guide to understanding what to expect while on retreat, from a perspective of mindfulness. Available on Amazon.

Talks on Retreat Practice

Speaker Topic Date Length
Gil Fronsdal
Retreat as Sanctuary
Gil Fronsdal
The Practice of Retreats
Gil Fronsdal
Retreat Practice
Gil Fronsdal
On Retreat
Gil Fronsdal
Retreat Dynamics

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