Uncontrived Mindfulness: from Awareness to Wisdom
Awareness is crucial to Insight, but a Dharmic perspective is even more important. We can relate to experience with acceptance, interest and impartiality. Or we can resist and proliferate around what is happening, seeing a painful state grow before our eyes, feeling that we are seemingly powerless to stop it. All of our dukkha; our dis-ease, dissatisfaction and disappointments come from this resistance.
Without 'Right View' informing what we're aware of, we run the risk of reinforcing 'wrong views'. Wrong views are naturally present in the unenlightened state, but we can train ourselves to become aware of those ideas and distortions through learning to watch our minds. Mind watching reveals how we are relating to whatever is happening in experience, whether it be a thought, an emotion or arising through one of our senses.
Mindfulness and Right View give us tools to relate to ourselves in ways that don't create further suffering for ourselves or others. We have freedom from fixed views and wise attentiveness in the palm of our hands. Analayo, author of 'Satipatthana: the Direct Path to Realisation' talks of Right View as a 'curative' perspective. It helps us see how we cling and how that creates our own suffering.
There will be input most days using the framework of the Satipatthana Sutta, the Buddha's primary teaching on Mindfulness. To facilitate turning inwards the retreat will mainly be in silence, with at least a week of continuous silence.
This is an intensive meditation retreat with approximately 7 hours of practice a day in all 4 postures (walking, sitting, standing and lying down). The emphasis however, is on continuity of awareness outside of formal practice times. You will receive encouragement to stay present to whatever is happening, and whatever is needed, in any moment. This is a receptive and flexible approach to awareness with kindness as an implicit thread running through it, and understanding a potential in every moment.
There will be opportunities to talk about your practice in group and individual meditation reviews.
Vajradevi has been practising and teaching mindfulness with a strong insight dimension for many years. To further her practice she has studied with specialists on Satipatthana on long retreats in Burma and the US. Between 2000-2007 she spear headed Akashavana in Spain. You can read her meditation blog at www.uncontrivedmindfulness.net
Led by Vajradevi and Team
Level: For women who have asked for ordination
Cost: £90 booking fee plus suggested donations (taken at the end of the retreat) £295 (unwaged/in receipt of benefits) or £445 (waged)
For more information on cost and the 'dana' system click here: http://www.taraloka.org.uk/calendar-bookings/cost
|Retreat date||Sunday, 2nd September 2018 17:00|
|Retreat End Date||Friday, 14th September 2018 11:00|
|Spaces available||Spaces Available|
|Booking closes on||Friday, 31st August 2018|
|Booking fee (per person)||£90.00|
|Retreat Leader||Vajradevi, Sarvatajnana and Prabhakari|
|Location||Taraloka Retreat Centre|