Satipatthana means “foundations of mindfulness.” As the Buddha originally taught this, mindfulness and clear comprehension are offered as the most helpful, liberating way to relate to four areas of experience: body, feeling tones, mind, and Dharmas or psychophysical patterns. Contemporary mindfulness, as widely practiced in many different engagements, tends to emphasize the internal or personal aspects of satipatthana. Yet the Buddha’s instructions ask that we practice ‘externally’ too. During this course we will present a traditional understanding of satipatthana, and place it in dialogue with challenges many of us face in our daily lives. Can satipatthana be a helpful, liberating way to relate to racism, class, ableism, patriarchy, sex, environmental violence, and body shame? How do we move toward freedom?
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Satipatthana in Dialogue with Suffering and Oppression
Days: Thu - Sun (3 Nights)
Instructor(s): Lila Kate Wheeler, Lama Rod Owens
Lila Kate Wheeler was authorized to teach at IMS-Spirit Rock ten years ago. She's now honored to serve as a coordinator for the current training cohort at Spirit Rock, historic in its diverse composition. Lila's practice includes being a nun in Burma and the US; learning and authorizations to share Dharma from Harilal Poonja and Dza Kilung Rinpoche. She's married, a published writer, and edited the first anthology of Buddhist fiction plus two books by the late Sayadaw U Pandita, her Burmese meditation master.
Lama Rod Owens is an author, activist, and authorized Lama (Buddhist Teacher) in the Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism. He is the co-founder of Bhumisparsha, a Buddhist tantric practice and study community; a guiding teacher for the Thomasville Buddhist Center; a visiting teacher with Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme); and a visiting teacher with Natural Dharma Fellowship and the Brooklyn Zen Center.