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Satipatthana in Dialogue with Suffering and Oppression

Residential Program
Dates: Dec 06, 2018 - Dec 09, 2018
Days: Thursday - Sunday
Number of Nights: 3 nights

Instructor(s): Kate Lila Wheeler, Lama Rod Owens

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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 program 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?