Our thanks to Jennifer and the staff at Angel’s Rest Retreat Center near Leyden, Mass. for providing the perfect outer conditions for our excursion into the fusion of Stillness and Insight meditation practices.
Our crew of well-seasoned and beginning meditators traveled from Argentina, Tucson, Detroit, North Carolina, New York City, as well as Gloucester and other Massachusetts coastal villages to spend nine-days in silent retreat exploring the truth of their own experience with “The Four Applications of Mindfulness.” In up to 18 24-minute sessions each day they practiced stabilizing attention with the breath and settling awareness in the space of the mind.
We already have an expanded two-week retreat planned for April 2015 with weekend and one-week options. Stay tuned for details.
Great thanks to the organizers at Three Jewels Vancouver and our hosts at the Loon Lake Research and Education Center for supplying the perfect conditions for voyaging into the wisdom of silence. Thanks also to those who attended the weekend urban retreat at Three Jewels Vancouver before this crew set off for an additional week of silent and guided meditations in up to 17 24-minute sessions per day.
We already have next year’s retreat scheduled at Loon Lake! This one will be two weeks, with options to attend just the initial weekend or first week. Put it on your calendar now–March 14-28, 2015.
An undistracted mind is mental one-pointedness, the serenity aspect, while accurate reflection on fact and meanings refers to discerning wisdom, the insight aspect. Thus, you must achieve all good qualities of the two vehicles through both sustained analysis with discerning wisdom and one-pointed focus on the object of meditation. You do not achieve them through one-sided practice of either analytical meditation or stabilizing meditation.
–Je Tsongkhapa, Lamrim Chenmo
This is the intrepid crew of experimenters who investigated the liberating potential of the Shamatha practices and Insight meditations outlined in the classes of the 30-Day Mindfulness Challenge. For nine days they tested the hypotheses of the Buddha with their own rigorous self-examination in up to 17 24-minute mediation sessions each day.
Our thanks to Harmony Ridge Lodge in Grass Valley, CA for providing the perfect outer conditions. On Friday I begin another ten-day retreat near Vancouver, Canada. The first three days are actually an urban retreat at Three Jewels Vancouver. If you’re in the area, come join us.
I IS A CONCEPTUAL DESIGNATION!
“The ability to maintain focused attention on an object of your choice was considered in ancient India to be as important a sustenance of health as food and sleep and both the Yoga and Buddhist traditions developed detailed meditation systems for perfecting vivid and undistracted attention that can be maintained effortlessly for hours. Read more