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Anapanasati
April 20 - April 26
6 nights
Santikaro
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Retreat cost: This retreat is offered on a tiered scale:

Subsidized fee: $ 420 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) & staff
Sustaining fee: $ 460 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) & staff
Supporting fee: $ 500 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) & staff

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

Subsidized fee:
$ 420 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) & staff

Sustaining fee:
$ 460 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) & staff

Supporting fee:
$ 500 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) & staff

Register Now
Mail/Fax Register

What does a well-rounded meditation practice look like?
• Integrates all four applications of mindfulness.
• Deepens concentration, sensitivity, calm abiding, joy, and freedom.
• Fosters abundant insights.
• Cultivates the seven factors of awakening leading to “higher knowledge” and genuine liberation.

According to Early Buddhist teaching, mindfulness with breathing (?n?p?nasati) is just such a well-rounded practice.

Buddha left us with a framework for systematic meditation practice incorporating all of the above through mindful investigation of sixteen domains of lived experience organized around body, feelings, mind, and Dhamma. Further, mindfulness with breathing serves as a foundation for the cultivations of jhana (meditative absorptions) and the brahma-vih?ras (the four divine abidings). What more could one want?

For over two millennia, practitioners and commentators down to modern masters have fleshed out the specifics and nuances of this practice. In Theravada Buddhism, many Thai Forest Masters have encouraged the practice of ?n?p?nasati, Ajahn Buddhadasa being prominent among them. I’ve grounded myself in his teaching for over 30 years and taught under his guidance.

In recent years I’ve experimented with ‘entries’ for each of the sixteen domains outlined by Buddha. To make use of the commentarial detail and depth, we need an experiential toehold in each area of mindful exploration. These ‘entries’ have proven to help a range of meditators in grounding themselves in direct experience of the domains. This retreat will survey Buddha’s framework of domains and introduce as many of the entries as time and circumstances allow.

We will be supported by the standard insight meditation format of sitting and walking meditation, noble silence, simple surroundings, kind companions, talks and instruction, and practice interviews.

The An?p?nasati Sutta (MN 118) is the main source of this teaching. Please download the pdf and familiarize yourself with it’s natural, pragmatic beauty.




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