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Satipatthana in Dialogue with Suffering and Oppression
Dates: Dec 06, 2018 - Dec 09, 2018
Days: Thu - Sun (3 Nights)

Instructor(s): Lila Kate Wheeler, 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 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?

  • Lila Kate Wheeler began practicing mediation in 1977 and was briefly ordained as a nun in Burma in the late 1980s. She has been teaching retreats nationally since the 1990s. She is an accomplished writer of fiction, travel journalism, and personal essays. She has edited two books of talks by her Burmese teacher Sayadaw U Pandita.