June 15-19, 2018
Beginner and Intermediate
What is it?
During this five day retreat we will learn how to develop and enhance our attention skills, how to cultivate a calm, clear and focused mind. Within Buddhism this training is often referred to as shamatha — the practice of developing single-pointed concentration, developing a calm, clear and focused mind. This practice is essential if we are to subdue and heal our agitated and unruly mind, to become masters of our mind.
We will be using three techniques that have been found to be effective for people living in the modern world.
- Mindfulness of breathing
This technique is particularly recommended for those who have highly discursive minds and find it difficult to remain in the present moment.
- Settling the mind in its natural state
We are often the slaves of our mind, under the control of and overwhelmed by our thoughts, emotions and memories. Through simply observing these movements of our mind this technique enables us to become the masters of our mind.
- Awareness of awareness
This technique enables us to simply rest within the stillness of our awareness. It also well known for leading us to an insight into the very nature of our mind.
To ensure that our shamatha practice is balanced and effective we will be supplementing it with the practices of loving-kindness and compassion. This retreat is suitable for both beginners and those already established in the practice.
For more information about this practice in this tradition see this Mandala magazine article.
Who is it for?
This retreat is appropriate for beginners and those with a flourishing practice interested in deepening it further.
- Learn how to develop inner peace and greater emotional balance with the methods of calm-abiding.
- Reconnect and find joy with your daily practice.
- Cultivate a greater sense of caring and interconnection with others.
- See how disturbing emotions and mental problems arise.
- Attention Revolution, by Allan Wallace.
- Please plan on arriving between 3:00 and 5:00 PM on the first day of the retreat
- Please plan on departing approximately 2:00 PM on the last day of the retreat
- Consider reviewing our accommodations
- For more detailed information, please see our FAQ
If you are interested in serving as Course Liaison for this retreat, please apply here.