July 19 - Aug 1, 13 Days with Leigh Brasington and Santikaro
Three Pillars of Practice: The Buddha's Own Essentials
In this two week retreat we will take an in-depth look at three of the Buddha's most important teachings: mindfulness with breathing, the jhanas, and dependent co-origination. We will explore these three crucial aspects of the Buddha's own practice and how they can be used to gain insight into the nature of things as they really happen and release us from clinging to suffering. Detailed mindfulness, meditation, and Dhamma teachings will be supplemented with private interviews, posture work, and qigong. This retreat is recommended for practitioners interested in a comprehensive practice based on the original teachings. Partial attendance is not offered. Prerequisite: you must have sat at least two seven-day retreats in order to participate in this retreat.
Leigh Brasington has been practicing since 1985 and is the senior American student of the late Ven. Ayya Khema. She confirmed Leigh's practice and requested that he begin teaching. Leigh assisted Ven. Ayya Khema's teaching on retreat since 1994, and continues to teach in Europe and North America. Visit Leigh's Web Site.
Santikaro, was ordained as a Theravada monk in 1985, and subsequently trained at Suan Mokkh with Buddhadasa Bhikkhu, a leading Thai teacher, scholar, and reformer of Theravada Buddhism. He became Ajahn Buddhadasa's primary English translator and was abbot of nearby Suan Atammayatarama. He is a founding member of Think Sangha, a community of socially engaged Buddhist thinker-activists that has given special attention to the ethical and spiritual impact of consumerism and militarism. He teaches
Buddhism and meditation with an emphasis on the early Pali sources, and is a lucid interpreter of the original teachings and discourses. In 2001, he returned to the USA's Midwest, and to lay life in 2004. He is the founder of Liberation Park, a modern American expression of Buddhist practice, study, and social responsibility within community. There he continues to teach, translate the work of his teacher, and work for a Dhammic society.
Retreat Cost: $910 plus dana offering. Register Here Option for 50% deposit ends May 31, 2013 as full payment is due by June 1, 2013. Please include a comprehensive resume of your retreat experience with your registration materials.
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