10-day Retreat Reference Material

Below you will find reference materials for each day, including a sutta, dhamma talk (including reading that sutta) and a link to daily reflections.

Delson typically uses Bhikkhu Bodhi’s translation when reading suttas. These translations can be bought at various places (i.e. Amazon). Links to available public translations are chosen in following order: Bhante Ānanda (BA), Bhikkhu Bodhi (BB), Bhikkhu Sujato (BS). Udana translation by Bhikkhu Ānandajoti

The final column indicates a link to a &A session from an earlier retreat. Recordings of daily QA from previous retreat can be found under the table

Meditation Essentials by Delson and Metta Instructions

Guided Lovingkindness Meditation by Delson Armstrong


Day Sutta Reference Dhamma Talk Reflections Earlier daily QA
  Intro video,
day0 QA-Day0
Day 1 Effective Choice and Effective Application
SN45.8 – Vibhanga Sutta (Section on Effective Choice) – BA
SN49.1-12 – Pācīnādi Sutta (Four Effective Applications) – BS
video, transcript day1 QA-Day1
Day 2 Effective Observation
MN10 – The Satipatthana Sutta (Effective Observation of the Four Aspects of Conditioned Existence) BA (with minor word changes by Delson) and BS
SN46.35 – Yonisomanasikāra Sutta (How Proper Attention Brings About the Awakening Factors and Destroys the Hindrances) – BB
SN46.53 – Aggi Sutta (Balancing Mind with the Seven Factors) – BB
link day2 QA-Day2
Day 3 Effective Collectedness
MN111 – Anupada Sutta (Levels of Mental Collectedness) – BS
SN46.54 – Mettasahagata Sutta (Brahmaviharas and the Four Spheres) – BA
link day3 QA Day3
Day 4 Effective Vision
MN9 – Sammaditthi (Effective Vision) – BB
link day4 QA Day4
Day 5 The Five Aggregates
MN109 – Mahāpuṇṇamasutta (Discussion of the Five Aggregates) – BS
link day5 QA Day5
Day 6 Consciousness and Rebirth
MN106 – Āneñjasappāya Sutta (Detaching Consciousness) – BA
MN106 – Āneñjasappāya Sutta (Detaching Consciousness) – BS – as read in the Dhamma Talk
SN12.39 – Dutiyacetanasutta (Intention and Rebirth) – BB
AN3.76 Pathambhava Sutta BS
AN3.77 Dutiyabhava Sutta (Fuel for Existence) – BS
Link day6 QA Day6
Day 7 Kamma and Cessation
AN6.63 – Nibbhedika Sutta (Penetrating the Four Noble Truths) – BS
SN35.146 – Kammanirodha Sutta (Cessation of Kamma) – BB
AN3.74 – Nigantha Sutta (Cessation of Kamma) – BS
SN41.6 – Kamabhu Sutta (Formations and Cessation) – BS
Link day7 QA Day7
Day 8 Eightfold Path of the Noble Ones
MN149 – Mahāsaḷāyatanika Sutta (The Path and Fruition) – BB
link day8 QA Day8
Day 9 The Arahant
MN112 – Chabbisodhana Sutta (The Perspective of the Arahant) – BS
Udana 1.10 – Bahiya Sutta (Destroying Conceit) – BAn
SN28.1 – 9 – Sariputta Vagga (How An Arahant Meditates) – BS
link day9 QA Day9

Daily QA from 10-day online retreat Nov-3: day0 (transcript), day1 (transcription), day2, day3, day4, day5, day6, day7, day8, day9

If you are advised by the teacher to do Forgiveness practice, Forgiveness Practice Background and Guided Forgiveness Meditation

If you are advised by the teacher to do ‘breaking down the barriers’, you can find instructions here


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