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Illuminating the Construction of "Self": Enneagram with Mindfulness & Insight
March 24 - March 29
5 nights
Santikaro (Robert Larson)
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Retreat cost: This retreat is offered on a tiered scale:

Subsidized fee: $ 350 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) & staff
Sustaining fee: $ 380 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) & staff
Supporting fee: $ 410 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) & staff

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Retreat cost: This retreat is offered on a tiered scale:

Subsidized fee:
$ 350 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) & staff

Sustaining fee:
$ 380 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) & staff

Supporting fee:
$ 410 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) & staff

Register Now
Mail/Fax Register

PREREQUISITES:
Having a basic meditation practice of some kind, preferably with a mindfulness orientation, and knowing one's Ennea-style/type.
If you are interested in this retreat but unsure of your type, contact Santikaro at santi@liberationpark.org.
This retreat integrates Enneagram-based self-observation with breath-based meditation and other Buddhist teachings and practices. Enneagram is a system of self-observation that delineates a spectrum of nine basic personality types. Many students of Buddhism find the Enneagram valuable in illuminating in a directly personal way the variety of self-identities we inhabit, the behaviors they generate, and the apparent coherence as what we call our "ego structure" or "personality." This helps greatly in engaging Buddha's teachings on anatta? (lack of a lasting "self").

Enneagram can help us better understand our meditation choices, challenges, and strengths. It reveals how particular personality styles play tricks with experience, bias observation, and obstruct contemplative inquiry. Working with it allows us to avoid common pitfalls and go deeper in practice. Enneagram teachings also point to talents and resources connected with each personality style that can be skillfully channeled into spiritual practice.

Spiritual deepening, with or without Enneagram, is greatly aided by well-trained mindfulness, the capacity to settle internally and to focus in a sustained way, and the wisdom of Buddhist insights. Enneagram students use meditation to more deeply inquire into our ego & type structures in order to open the head, heart, and gut ways of knowing clearly and intuitively. Meditation is crucial in shifting from being boxed in by our habits and tendencies to living skillfully with our patterning.

These two fields of practical inquiry complement each other in service of growing beyond self-centeredness and suffering. Many mature practitioners integrate these two systems to enhance the depth of personal inquiry and spiritual practice in service of their aspiration for liberation and awakening. This is the purpose of this retreat.

The retreat format was developed in Thailand over the past dozen years. Mindfulness and inquiry, the first factors of awakening, are the key integrating agents. To make space for the Enneagram explorations this format devotes slightly less time to sitting & walking meditation than is common on "insight retreats," yet offers other modalities for mindfulness and insight, include open-hearted listening to other styles of experiencing life and practice discussions with others of your Ennea-type. This approach emphasizes mindfulness throughout the day and the quality of inquiry rather than quantity of formal techniques.

If you are interested in this retreat but unsure of your type, contact Santikaro at santi@liberationpark.org. Books will be available during the retreat as resources for people to clarify their understanding of their Ennea-type when needed.


For more information on the Enneagram we recommend the following resources:

**This article, ”A Buddhist Appreciation of the Enneagram”, was written by Santikaro some years ago when he was still a monk in Thailand.

The following are books on the Enneagram:
**David Daniels, Essential Enneagram (especially useful for discovering your Enneatype-style)
**Helen Palmer, The Enneagram in Love & Work
**Don Richard Riso & Russ Hudson, Personality Types
**Sandra Maitri, The Spiritual Dimensions of the Enneagram
**A.H. Almaas, Facets of Unity (rather advanced reference focusing on how each Ennea-type manifests when more "awake")

For more on breath-based meditation see Buddhadasa Bhikkhu, Mindfulness with Breathing (Wisdom Publications).


FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT DISCOVERING YOUR ENNEATYPE, PLEASE SEE THE ATTACHED PDF.

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