“If we don’t know what the teachings say, it can be sometimes easy to fall back upon our preconceptions and patterns of habitual thought, which have gotten us into trouble in the first place.” Reggie Ray
During this day of practice together we’ll return to key teachings that aid us in forging a clearing – where fresh insight can arise – through the thickets of our inner lives. In the Insight tradition, within the 4 foundations of mindfulness, the body is placed at the centre of our practice. We’ll be exploring staying in the body in a way that helps us cut through the mind’s habitual stories and elaborations. These can wind us up, spin into over-thinking or hurl us down painful thought patterns. Sensation unchecked will throw us into the mind. The body is the anchor to what’s happening in the ‘here and now’.
We will experientially explore settling ‘into the body,’ and meeting our experience, in a way that allows for movement rather than stagnation.
The retreat will include:
- Meditation instruction
- Sitting, walking and lying down meditation
- Discussion and questions
- Dharma talk
- Guided relaxation practice
What to bring:
- Meditation cushion / stool / chair
- Shawl / blanket
- Lunch and water
Time: 10am – 4:30pm
Location: Abbotsford Convent, Vic
Cost: $110 + dana* for Jess’s teaching
* In the Buddhist tradition students contribute Dana or a donation for teachings. You will be invited to contribute Dana after the retreat.