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Vipassana Meditation (Insight or Mindfulness practice) is a simple and direct practice -- the moment-to-moment investigation of the mind / body process through calm and focused awareness. The practice originates in the Theravada tradition of the teachings of the Buddha. Learning to observe experience from a place of stillness enables one to relate to life with less fear and clinging. Seeing life as a constantly changing process, one begins to accept pleasure, pain, fear, joy, and all aspects of life with increasing equanimity and balance. As insight deepens, wisdom and compassion arise. This nonresidential retreat is suitable for beginning and experienced meditators. Sitting and walking meditation sessions are alternated.
In The Footsteps of The Buddha: The Buddha was called ‘the Happy One.’ His life and practice provided the foundation for what he later described as the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path. This Insight Meditation Retreat will follow the Buddha’s path of ethics, concentration, mindfulness and love, illustrating how each of us can move from grasping and attachment to freedom, from confusion to clarity, and from tension to ease. Sitting and walking in silence, and meeting our own experience moment by moment, we can relinquish the causes of suffering and rediscover our natural happiness.
Teacher: Howard Cohn is a founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in the San Francisco Bay area. He has guided a local sitting group in San Francisco, been in private practice as a psychotherapist and led Vipassana retreats worldwide since 1985. He incorporates the influences of Theravada, Zen, Tibetan Dzogchen and Advaita Vedanta in his teaching, with an emphasis reawakening our intrinsic freedom. Among his many teachers and mentors are Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, U Pandita Sayadaw, Tulku Urgyen Rimpoche, Tsoknyi Rimpoche, and the Advaita Vedanta Master H.W.L. Poonja. His newest guru is his five year old daughter Molly.
Vipassana Meditation Retreat Schedule – October 2009
Friday October 16th 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Saturday October 17th 9:00AM-5:00PM
Sunday October 18th 9:00AM-4:00PM
Cost: $75 + Dana
Fees cover retreat organizing costs (facility rentals, teacher accommodations, travel expenses, etc).
Registration: Please go to http://vipassanaedmonton.eventbrite.com to register today via credit card. If you would like to register by cheque or cash please don’t hesitate to call 780-298-5433. Cancellations: Retreat fees will be refunded (less $10) for administration fees.
Dana: Voluntary donations (dana) for the teachings may be given at the retreat. Dana translates into generosity. From the days of the Buddha, the teachings have been considered priceless and thus offered freely. Today, teacher support continues to come from students’ voluntary contributions (dana).
**For reduced-fee information call 780.298.5433.
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I will be organizing this event for the benefit of all Edmonton Vipassana meditators and those wishing to introduce themselves to the 'insight meditation practice.