Bhante has said we settle for too little in our day-to-day mental states and, with just a little more effort, we could have a higher level of consciousness. We can take as 'good enough,' or fail to notice, a quality of mind that is habitually just a little bit tired, worried or prone to over-thinking and complicating our experience. The 'effort' is in the territory of awareness and right view. We can cultivate this with interest and open attentiveness rather than what we'd usually think of as effort. Our normal 'workaday', slightly busy, superficial and scattered mind can become something more present, joyful and receptive to the way things are – in the midst of our lives or on retreat.
This is a meditation retreat with the emphasis on natural awareness that we can sustain in each moment from waking to sleeping. There will be plenty of formal practice times held within the guiding principle of 'what will support awareness now?' That might be a period of walking meditation or lying in a grassy field aware of what you're seeing. You decide. You experiment - and learn.
The retreat will be in silence throughout, with regular input, some led meditations and group meditation reviews (with optional individual ones). The retreat is based on the Satipatthana Sutta but will not focus in detail on the Sutta so is particularly suitable for those who are familiar with it already. There will be some handouts sent to participants before the retreat.
Led by Vajradevi with Saddhanandi, Vassika and Prasadavati supporting.
Level: For Order Members