In Buddha's preferred meditation system, breathing is the foundation, container, and entry into contemplative pilgrimage to the 'holy lands' of body, feelings, mind, and realities (satipatthana). When mindfulness with breathing (Pali: anapanasati) is taken as a whole, it fosters awakening every step of the way. Yet the terse formulae of suttas have been interpreted in many ways, often fostering perplexity in new and experienced meditators, leading many to opt for less profound and complete systems. This workshop offers accessible entryways into the domains mapped in this original Buddhist teaching. Through a series of guided practices followed by debriefing conversations we will get a toehold on the territories of mindful exploration. Our emphasis will be skillful practice with theory supplied only as needed. We will practice within noble silence and relaxed retreat conditions. Periods of silent sitting and walking will allow individuals to explore the many facets of mindfulness with breathing at their own paces. Break out groups will be available for those who seek more background information and theory. This course is suitable for both newcomers and experienced meditators.
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Breathing with Mindfulness of Body, Feelings, Mind & Realities
Days: Thu - Sun (3 Nights)
Santikaro lived for many years as a Buddhist monk in southern Thailand, as a student and translator of Ajahn Buddhadāsa. In recent years, his practice has incorporated treatment for and recovery from cancer. Currently, he is exploring how Buddha-Dhamma can aid in confronting and unraveling the racism that pervades our society. He and his wife Jo Marie care for Liberation Park, a Dhamma Refuge in rural southwest Wisconsin. From this base, he teaches Early Buddhism and leads retreats around the Midwest, USA, and internationally, with an emphasis on using the original discourses to think and see more clearly into our post-modern American challenges and biases. His new translation of Ajahn Buddhadāsa's teachings on dependent co-arising, Under the Bodhi Tree, was published in 2017.