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Mindfulness, Insight & Liberation
September 22 - September 29
7 nights
Steve Armstrong
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Retreat cost: This retreat is offered on a tiered scale:

Subsidized fee: $ 490 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) & staff
Sustaining fee: $ 545 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) & staff
Supporting fee: $ 580 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) & staff

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

Subsidized fee:
$ 490 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) & staff

Sustaining fee:
$ 545 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) & staff

Supporting fee:
$ 580 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) & staff

Register Now
Mail/Fax Register

While silent meditation retreats are invaluable for revealing the power of training the mind, many meditators find it challenging to establish a continuity of awareness when they are not supported by the discipline of retreat, looking instead to attain particular qualities, e.g. calm, concentration, clarity, etc. This retreat, suitable for both new and experienced meditators, will integrate the precise meditation instructions of Mahāsi Sayadaw (Manual of Insight) with the practical awareness-oriented guidance of Sayadaw U Tejaniya (Dhamma Everywhere), both highly skilled monastic teachers from Burma.

These instructions will help to establish a relaxed, persevering continuity of mindfulness and will offer a clear path for developing clarity of awareness in all activities and bringing the dhamma into our everyday lives. Training in 'awareness of mind' leads to insightful understanding of the nature of all things. Such knowledge weakens deeply conditioned habits of mind that cause unhappiness, and strengthens conditions for an enduring sense of well-being. Liberation releases the mind from mental states that result in suffering to oneself and others.

This retreat will be held in Noble Silence, and will include comprehensive guidance for continuous awareness in all activities. The daily schedule will include regular periods of sitting, walking, chanting, meals, community/daily chores, discourses and group check-ins with the teacher.

Group check-ins offer each student a wider range of instruction and understanding and help normalize all they experience. In addition, there will be times when students will be encouraged to maintain mindful awareness in all their activities however they schedule them. While these 'self-scheduled' periods of time are not the norm in many retreats, and therefore sometimes students may initially feel anxious, fearful or excited, most students on prior retreats where they have been offered have made the adjustment within a day or two, and almost universally appreciate the offering to follow their own rhythm of sitting and walking. Taking advantage of this opportunity strengthens our ability to take awareness and wisdom off the cushion and into activity; and when out of retreat, into our full life of domestic, civic, social, professional and political activities.

People of all walks of life are warmly welcome.

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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