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.
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.