While silent meditation retreats are invaluable for revealing the power of training the mind, many meditators find it challenging to establish a continuity of awareness when they are not supported by the discipline of retreat, looking instead to attain particular qualities, e.g. calm, concentration, clarity, etc. This retreat, suitable for both new and experienced meditators, will integrate the precise meditation instructions of Mah?si Sayadaw (Manual of Insight) with the practical awareness-oriented guidance of Sayadaw U Tejaniya (Dhamma Everywhere), both highly skilled monastic teachers from Burma.
These instructions will help to establish a relaxed, persevering continuity of mindfulness and will offer a clear path for developing clarity of awareness in all activities and bringing the dhamma into our everyday lives. Training in ‘awareness of mind’ leads to insightful understanding of the nature of all things. Such knowledge weakens deeply conditioned habits of mind that cause unhappiness, and strengthens conditions for an enduring sense of well-being. Liberation releases the mind from mental states that result in suffering to oneself and others.
This retreat will be held in Noble Silence, and will include comprehensive guidance for continuous awareness in all activities. The daily schedule will include regular periods of sitting, walking, chanting, meals, community/daily chores, discourses and group check-ins with the teacher.
Group check-ins offer each student a wider range of instruction and understanding and help normalize all they experience. In addition, there will be times when students will be encouraged to maintain mindful awareness in all their activities however they schedule them. While these ‘self-scheduled’ periods of time are not the norm in many retreats, and therefore sometimes students may initially feel anxious, fearful or excited, most students on prior retreats where they have been offered have made the adjustment within a day or two, and almost universally appreciate the offering to follow their own rhythm of sitting and walking. Taking advantage of this opportunity strengthens our ability to take awareness and wisdom off the cushion and into activity; and when out of retreat, into our full life of domestic, civic, social, professional and political activities.
People of all walks of life are warmly welcome.
This retreat is intended for experienced students.
PREREQUISITES: In order to participate in this retreat, you must have sat at least three retreats of 7-days or more, at least one of which has been with one or both of these teachers. Please include a comprehensive resume of your retreat experience with your registration materials.
In the event that Steve's brain tumor and/or treatment renders him unable to teach this retreat, Kamala Masters will lead the retreat.
Subsidized fee : $630 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff
Sustaining fee : $685 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff
Supporting fee : $745 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff