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Embodied Truths: Wisdom, Practice, and the Body

Residential Program
Dates: Jul 12, 2024 - Jul 18, 2024
Days: Friday - Thursday
Number of Nights: 6 nights

Instructor(s): Dhammadipa

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Program Description:

The wisdom of practicing in the body, with its vast scope and nuance, permeates early Buddhism. One who has practiced mindfulness of the body is said to have “included whatever wholesome dhammas there are that partake of true knowledge” (MN119). This knowledge includes the means to understand the mechanics of the body, as well as the means to use the body as an instrument of practice. Even when we aim to understand the mind, learning to embody practice, to practice with our flesh and bones, is helpful. 

What we wish to awaken to is already present; it is not far off in some other realm of existence. The teachings of early Buddhism make it clear that practice is undertaken, and can be completely fulfilled, as an embodied human being. Indeed, it is precisely as an embodied being that we can practice. The frameworks of practice describe ways to direct our attention to and develop clarity about the principles that are demonstrated by our embodied existence. By practicing together, in relationship with each other, we also explore how this body and mind are integrated with our surroundings. 

Living in this body as a Dhamma, we will conduct an investigation of the Four Noble Truths and ways we might experience them in our bodies. This program will be grounded in practice as well as study of the Samana Sutta (Connected Discourse 12.66), the Bundles of Reeds Sutta (Connected Discourse 12.67), and the Rohitassa Sutta (Numbered Discourse 4.45).

Program Format: Our days together will begin with noble silence and meditation through breakfast. Then, there will be interaction and lecture until lunch. Afternoons will include brief breakout group activities, open practice, and discussions with Dhammadīpā and/or each other. Noble silence will begin again at dinner, and we will meditate in the evening.

Noble Silence:
This program includes dedicated periods of both wise speech and noble silence. In addition to some contemplative exercises involving mindful speaking and listening, there will be periods when participants are able to speak freely.

Experience Level:
Suitable for beginning and experienced practitioners.


One 5-day in-person retreat

Cancellation Policy:
This policy applies to all residential and Path programs. Please note cancellation fees are at most $50 for those receiving financial assistance. Prior to six weeks before the program start date, cancellation fees are $50 for all programs more than two nights and $25 for programs two nights or less. 50% of your deposit is forfeited if you cancel between two and six weeks of the program start date. 100% of your deposit is forfeited if you cancel less than two weeks before the program start date.

Covid-19 Safety Protocol:
Please review our Covid-19 Safety Protocols here: https://www.buddhistinquiry.org/everything-you-need-to-know/

As we work to become a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive community, we invite feedback/suggestions you may have regarding ways that we can make participation in the program more accessible and welcoming. Please email us at contact@buddhistinquiry.org.
    About the Instructor(s):
  • Dhammadīpā, the founder of Dassanaya Buddhist Community, has been practicing Buddhism since 1987. She is a Dharma Transmitted Teacher in the Suzuki Roshi lineage of Soto Zen and was a nun ordained in the Theravada tradition for 5 years. In addition to English, Dhammadīpā teaches in Spanish, an expression of her Latin heritage. She is an author whose work has appeared in the Buddhist publications "Lion's Roar" and the "Buddhadharma" magazine. Dhammadīpā is the mother of a lovely adult daughter, and enjoys sewing and watercolor painting.