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Mindfulness has captured great attention in our culture, particularly as modern science and ongoing research continue to validate its efficacy in supporting our physical and emotional well-being. During this series of half-day retreats we will return to the origin of these methods first introduced by the Buddha and illuminated in the Mahasatipatthana Sutra (scripture).
The transformative value in these teachings on the Foundations of Mindfulness lies in our ability to connect what we hear to our lived experience. Each time we meet our experience with wisdom, we enter into “remembrance”, guiding ourselves home to the best of who we are as human beings.
Following the Buddha's most direct and profound instructions on the foundations of mindfulness, we see and experience the unimpeded nature of who we are, transforming our ordinary life into one of deep meaning and joy.
Who should attend?
These half-day retreats are designed as a multi-part series to guide new and long-time meditators in establishing and deepening their capacity to abide in a presence.
In our tradition we study the teaching on mindfulness and practice relying on the Buddha's precise instructions. In this way, mindfulness becomes a tool to cultivate insight into our wise, loving and boundless nature. With continued study, contemplation and practice, we learn to rest in this inexpressible nature.
The retreats in this series are valuable as as stand-alone sessions or as a progressive series.
About the Four Foundations of Mindfulness series:
The Four Foundations show us how to work with the mind states we find most disruptive and how to nurture the best qualities in ourselves and those around us. Everything we need to experience happiness and freedom is available within us. Join us and learn how to stabilize the practices of mindfulness, the foundation for being in sane relationship with life as we find it, and as the root of growing peace, joy and wakefulness in ourselves and our world.
All the retreats in this series are grounded in the relevant scriptural passage from the Satipatthana Sutra and will unpack it's meaning through commentary, discussion and meditative experience.
Mindfulness is established in the foundation of our bodies, our feelings, our minds, and the phenomenal world around us.
Download as optional reference for the program: THE SATIPATTHANA SUTTA
Living and practicing with the Four Noble Truths
During this retreat we'll take a fresh, practice-based approach to studying the Buddha's foundational teachings on the Four Noble Truths. Together, we'll move from a conceptual and theoretical understanding of these teachings to a lived experience of them, rich with awakening insights.
All of the Buddha's teachings, the Dharma, are about the Four Noble Truths. While they provide a framework and formula for living wisely and with compassion, they can also be understood as practice, offering an insight methodology designed to bring about inner freedom.
As a lifetime's exploration, we're invited to recall and to contemplate the Four Noble Truths again and again, for they have the power pull us out of delusion, into a happiness that isn't separate from sorrow.
Hearing, contemplating and meditating on Buddha’s Four Noble Truths begins with attending to our life as we find it. Clarity unfolds, blossoming into expression. Momentary states of mind are followed by the movements of loving—healing the confusion of self and other, blessing our world.
Our retreat will draw on Phillip Moffit's book Dancing with Life: Buddhist insights for finding meaning and joy in the face of suffering.
Using the paradigm of reflection, investigation, and insight, introduced in the book, we will explore these teachings within the context of daily life, human dilemmas and meditative practice.
The Four Noble Truths:
The fourth foundation of mindfulness contains The Four Noble Truths. This last foundation is called mindfulness of mental objects or dharmas. In this case, both mental objects and dharmas refer to everything (patterns or classifications of experience)!
Requirements to attend: No previous meditation experience or Buddhist study is required to attend the session currently offered.
Living mindfully and with concentration, we see a deeper reality and are able to witness impermanence without fear, anger, or despair.
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