Class: Mindfulness meditation: practicing with the Satipatthana sutta 2019s...

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Mountain Rain Zen Centre

2016 Wall Street

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In this 9 week class, we will be exploring the Satipatthana sutta, one of the foundational texts on meditation, through Analayo's recent practice guide. We will be working with the guided meditations that Analayo makes freely available online. In this practice, the contemplation of different aspects of our physical and mental experience leads to a deeper understanding of the truths of impermanence, unsatisfactoriness, and non-self. The practices can challenge many of our views about ourselves and our experience; as such, this class is not suitable for people who are new to meditation, who have major unresolved trauma, or who are facing major losses or grief right now. These practices will be most accessible to people who already have some residential retreat experience. Please contact rachel@bcims.org with any questions.

The practices we'll work with are as follows:

  • Contemplation of the biological nature of the body: its anatomical parts, simplified to skin, flesh, and bones.
  • Contemplation of the material nature of the body: its direct felt sense of hardness, cohesion, temperature, and motion, as represented conceptually by earth, water, fire, and air.
  • Contemplation of the impermanence of the body: because this body was born, it will also die.
  • Awareness of the feeling-tone (vedana) of each moment of experience
  • Awareness of the nature of mind: knowing the presence and absence of greed, hatred, and delusion.
  • Awareness of the presence and absence of the hindrances of mind.
  • Practicing to strengthen the seven factors of awakening.

Note that Analayo has written three books on the Satipatthana sutta. They're all worth reading, but the first two are definitely for people who enjoy geeking out about the suttas. The third, called "Satipatthana Meditation: A Practice Guide", is the one that is most relevant to this class. Reading it is beneficial but optional.

This class begins on Sept 3 and runs until Oct 29. Both you and the group will benefit if you commit to coming to all sessions. The registration fee (deposit) helps us cover rent and other BCIMS operating expenses. At each session there will also be an opportunity to offer dana to the teachers--no suggested minimum donation.

Adrianne Ross, a retired family physician, has been involved in meditation and healing since 1976. She has been practising Buddhist meditation since 1984. Her spiritual journey has also included contemplative inquiry practices (Enlightenment Intensives and Diamond Approach) and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. Trained by Jack Kornfield (in 1998), Adrianne is influenced by both Thai and Burmese streams of the Theravadan tradition, as well as Tibetan (Mahamudra and Dzogchen) practice. She teaches classes, weekend and residential retreats in Canada and the US. She is involved in teaching and mentoring students in the Dedicated Practitioner and Advanced Practitioner Programs from Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California, as well as the UCLA Mindfulness training program.



Rachel Lewis began retreat teacher training at IMS in 2017, having completed Spirit Rock's Community Dharma Leader program in 2012, as well as the Dedicated Practitioners Program in 2010. She has spent over 470 nights on silent retreat since 2003, including two 3-month retreats. She has taught at Alouette Correctional Centre for Women and in Vancouver since 2011, as well as via her alter egos Buddhist Hulk and Bhante Mixalot. Rachel’s paid work at VCH is only barely related to her physics PhD. Her interest in bringing music into meditation practice led her to develop a songbook of Buddhist music for choirs.

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