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Distraction: Strategies for Overcoming Distracting Thoughts
Dates: Mar 09, 2018 - Mar 14, 2018
Days: Fri - Wed (5 Nights)

Instructor(s): Shaila Catherine

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Mental restlessness is an insidious and pervasive hindrance that most practitioners struggle to overcome. We can refine our skills for working with the modes of thinking that distract us from being mindful and disrupt concentration: critical thoughts, planning, worrying, lustful thoughts, judging, memories, internal commentaries, to name a few. This course will explore a sequence of strategies for dealing with obstructive mental patterns derived from two discourses taught by the Buddha (MN 19 and 20). The program will include sutta study, discussion, and meditation practice to gain experiential insight and meditative strategies for overcoming distractions. This course is suitable for both new and experienced practitioners.

  • Shaila Catherine is the founder of Bodhi Courses, an online Dhamma classroom, and Insight Meditation South Bay, a Buddhist meditation center in Silicon Valley. She authored two books on concentration and insight—Focused and Fearless: A Meditator’s Guide to States of Deep Joy, Calm, and Clarity, and Wisdom Wide and Deep: A Practical Handbook for Mastering Jhana and Vipassana. She began practicing meditation in 1980 and has dedicated more than eight years to silent retreats. Shaila has been teaching meditation internationally since 1996.