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Relaxing the Mind, Opening the Heart: Abiding in Emptiness
Dates: Dec 10, 2020 - Dec 20, 2020
Days: Thu - Sun (10 Nights)

Instructor(s): Mary Aubry

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During this program, we will spend each day progressively refining our mindfulness of experience through the six sense doors as a path of practice for gradually experiencing the empty nature of mind. Prior jhana experience is welcome, but not necessary. Mary will offer instructions, dharma talks, Q&A, individual interviews, and opportunities for speaking from the empty nature of mind. Each day will include periods of sitting meditation, walking meditation, and loving-kindness meditation.

Learning Intentions:

To understand the instructions of The Shorter Discourse on Emptiness for abiding in emptiness, and to understand the instructions of The Greater Discourse on Emptiness for thinking, speaking, and acting from an empty mind; get a taste of abiding emptiness through the temporary disappearance of sensory disturbance; and get a taste of speaking from the empty nature of mind by practicing with other students, especially on the last full day of the retreat

Noble Silence and Mindful Speech:

The first and last full days of this program will include informal and formal mindful speaking practice. The intervening seven days will be in Noble Silence.


This retreat is designed for experienced meditators who have previously attended at least two silent meditation retreats of seven days or more.

  • Mary Aubry attended her first insight meditation retreat with Rodney Smith in 1993. Since then, she has spent over 400 nights on silent retreat with Rodney and other insight teachers including over 60 nights attending jhana retreats. She is a teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington where she developed and co-taught the True Refuge Companion Program, which offers in-home meditation companions for the aging, ill, dying, and bereaved. In 2016, Mary teamed up with Charlie Halpern and others to teach mindfulness to employees of the Santa Clara County, CA, district attorney’s office. And, since 2016, Mary has been teaching jhana retreats nationwide in the style of Leigh Brasington, who authorized her to teach in the tradition of his teacher, the Venerable Ayya Khema.

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