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Essence: The Realization of Nibbana
Dates: Nov 03, 2017 - Nov 08, 2017
Days: Fri - Wed (5 Nights)

Instructor(s): Kittisaro

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In the Girimananda Sutta, the Buddha declared: “This is peaceful, this is sublime: namely, the calming of all formations, the relinquishment of all acquisitions, the ending of craving, dispassion, the cessation of suffering, Nibbana.”  This study-practice retreat will investigate the concept and realization of Nibbana–the amata dhamma, "that which never dies"–as it is presented in the Theravāda and Mahāyāna traditions. The intention of the program is to explore the Path of Awakening as the unshakable deliverance of heart, and the ways that practitioners fall short of this essential insight. The texts that will be studied include the Greater Heartwood Sutta, the Mula Sutta, the Shurangama Sutra, and the Heart Sutra. This retreat will include study, meditation, devotional practices, and discussion.

  • Kittisaro, a Rhodes Scholar and graduate from Princeton University, spent 15 years as a monk in the Forest Tradition of Ajahn Chah. He disrobed in 1991 and since then has taught internationally in the States, Europe, South Africa, and Israel. He has studied and practiced Chan and Pure Land Buddhism for 35 years inspired and guided by the Chinese school of Master Hsuan Hua. He has completed two year-long self retreats and is particularly interested in the mutually supportive relationship of Mahayana and Theravada teachings. Kittisaro and his wife Thanissara are founders and directors of Dharmagiri Insight Meditation Centre in South Africa. They recently published a book Listening to the Heart: A Contemplative Guide to Engaged Buddhism.