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In this lively new addition for Harper's retreat series, Buddhist practice teacher and retreat leader Sylvia Boorstein, beloved for dispensing what Jon Kabat-Zinn has termed "endearingly personal mindfulness wisdom in doses that slide right down into the heart", offers accessible, step-by-step instructions for experiencing a traditional three-day meditational retreat.
Table of Contents
Preparing for the Retreat
Don't Just Do Something, Sit There
Cosmology Is Optional
"Nobody's Grandmother Is a Buddhist"
But Why Do a Meditation Retreat?
Keep Everything Simple
Take a Minimum of Stuff: Mary's Mantra
"It's Only a Weekend"
Day One: Arrival Day
Schedule for This Retreat
Walking with Fresh Eyes
Instructions and Helpful Hints
Instructions for Sitting Meditation Practice
The Easiest Instructions of All
"Nothing Happens, Next, This Is It!"
Day Two: Full Day of Practice
Before Breakfast: Sound Meditation
Three Exercises for Sitting Meditation
Talking to Yourself
Basic Instructions for Formal Walking Meditation
Variation on the Theme of Breath Meditation
"Nothing Is Worth Thinking About"
More Walking Instructions
There Are No In-Between Times
Introducing Eating Instructions
Afternoon Sitting Practice: Wait and Look Closely
Working with Difficult Mind States
"Mine Mommy! Mine Daddy!": A Lust Story
Swimming in Jerusalem: An Aversion Story
"Vait a Minute, Vait a Minute": A Sloth and Torpor Story
Hawaii Is Here: A Restlessness Story
The Macbeth Moment: A Doubt Story
First Afternoon Walk Instructions: Choosing a Speed That Meets Your Need
Late Afternoon Sitting Practice: Looking for Insights
Late Afternoon Walk: Walking with Wisdom
The Broccoli Phenomenon
Evening Dharma Talk: The Seven Factors of Enlightenment
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