June 22 – 30, 2019
This 9-day retreat will focus on three core elements of practice – shamatha, vipashyana & compassion.
During the first half of the retreat, we will focus primarily on the shamatha practice, the practice of cultivating mindfulness to develop a calm, clear & focused mind. This will be first introduced through the practice of mindfulness of breathing (rhythm, abdomen & nostrils). Then moving onto observing the mind, resting in awareness, stillness in motion & finally open awareness.
During the second half of the retreat, we will focus primarily on the vipashyana practice, the practice of applying mindfulness to gain insights into ourselves & our world of experience. We will first focus on the insight into impermanence. Then moving onto selflessness, emptiness & finally the nature of mind.
Throughout the entire retreat, both the mindfulness & selflessness (ie. shamatha & vipashyana) practices will be supplemented with compassion practice. Initially this will be introduced through the cultivation of the four immeasurables of loving-kindness, compassion, empathetic joy & equanimity. Then moving onto exchanging self with others & finally the tong-len practice.
The retreat will be run in silence from the first evening until breakfast on the last morning. This retreat is suitable for both beginners and those already established in these practices.
- Mindfulness — Attention Revolution, Alan Wallace.
- Selflessness — How to See Yourself As You Really Are, H.H. the Dalai Lama.
- Compassion— The Four Immeasurables, Alan Wallace
- Please plan on arriving between 2:00 and 4:00 PM on the first day of the retreat
- Please plan on departing approximately 2:00 PM on the last day of the retreat
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- For more detailed information, please see our FAQ
If you are interested in serving as Course Liaison for this retreat, please apply here.
Ordained monastics should contact the office directly to register.