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The Breath of Liberation
August 18 - August 27
9 nights
Willa Thaniya Reid
Jitindriya
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Retreat cost: This retreat is offered on a tiered scale:

Subsidized fee: $ 630 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) & staff
Sustaining fee: $ 685 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) & staff
Supporting fee: $ 745 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) & staff

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Retreat cost: This retreat is offered on a tiered scale:

Subsidized fee:
$ 630 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) & staff

Sustaining fee:
$ 685 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) & staff

Supporting fee:
$ 745 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) & staff

Register Now
Mail/Fax Register

Most people know of breath meditation as a simple technique to help calm the mind. Yet the Buddha originally taught anapanasati (mindfulness of breathing) as a complete practice approach leading to profound insight knowledge and the heart's release in Nibbana. In the Anapanasati Sutta, the Buddha describes how to practice mindfulness of breathing in a way which brings both the Four Foundations of Mindfulness and the Seven Factors of Awakening to their culmination, which in turn brings "clear knowing and release to their culmination."

In this retreat, we will draw on the original suttas of the Buddha from the Pali texts to guide practitioners in developing this wonderful practice of anapanasati in a way which leads through the development of the Foundations of Mindfulness and the Factors of Awakening. When understood from the perspective of the practice path, these core teachings from the Buddha show the direct way to the heart's release.

The retreat structure will create a safe holding for contemplative practice in an atmosphere of noble silence and an ethically sensitive environment. There will be daily Dhamma reflections, Q&A opportunities, and personal practice dialogues offered. The schedule will include structured periods of sitting and walking meditation, as well as the opportunity for less structured practice for those more experienced in retreat. There will be time set aside in the schedule for personal yoga, Qi Gong or other forms of exercise suited to the contemplative environment.

Both Willa-Thaniya and Jitindriya were trained in the monastic lineage of the Thai Theravadan Forest Tradition, in which teachers offer Dhamma reflections extemporaneously, that is, speaking from the present moment in response to the present time and circumstances (the ‘here and now’ Dhamma), rather than pre-preparing Dhamma talks. They continue to teach in this way, notwithstanding the preparation involved in bringing pertinent sutta readings for the unfolding learning in the retreat itself.

For this retreat, special financial assistance is available for young adults, ages 18 - 35.
More information is posted on our Scholarship information page.
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