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Middle Way – Middle Ways: The Many Faces of a Metaphor

Residential Program
Dates: Jul 01, 2022 - Jul 05, 2022
Days: Friday - Tuesday
Number of Nights: 4 nights

Instructor(s): Akincano Weber

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Course Description:

The image of the Buddha’s “Approach from the Middle” is likely the most famous metaphor of his Teaching. It is seen variously as the path between two extremes, the eightfold path itself, occasionally as a broad and beaten track, and sometimes the blurry trail of compromise.

This study retreat offers a closer look at the astonishingly different faces of this metaphor, beginning with the Pāli discourses and a glance at Nāgārjuna. It focuses on tracing some of its varied interpretations and sketches an invigorating vision of a “middle teaching” and its corresponding “middle practice.” Each day will include two daily study-blocks with lectures, reading, and exploration in small groups, framed by meditation in sitting, walking, and noble silence.

Noble Silence:
This program includes dedicated periods of both wise speech and noble silence. Some contemplative exercises may involve mindful speaking and listening. Noble silence is to be upheld at all other times.

At least one week-long silent meditation retreat as well as a readiness for engaging in the mixed format of meditation and study, reading and interpreting texts.

Cancellation Policy:
During the pandemic, there is a cancellation fee of $50 for all residential programs longer than two nights and $25 for weekend programs.

Covid-19 Safety Protocol:
Please review our Covid-19 Safety Protocols here: https://www.buddhistinquiry.org/covid-19/.

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):
  • Akincano M. Weber is a European Buddhist practitioner, teacher and psychotherapist. A former monk, he practiced for 20 years in Thai Forest monasteries East and West and studied Buddhist Psychotherapy in London (M.A.). He is co-founder of Bodhi College, involved in several MBI teacher and CPD trai­nings and is the guiding voice of Atammaya Cologne. He lives with his wife in the Rhineland from where he teaches inter­natio­nally.