Buddhist traditions have understood the mind to be the sixth sense organ and thinking to be a sensation like smell, taste, touch, sight, and hearing. What is it like to experience the mind as a sense organ? And how does that experience shift our relationship to the other five sense organs? This retreat focuses on the six sense organs as doorways to insight and sense experiences as opportunities to practice in ways that lead to equanimity. We will focus particular attention on the Discourse on the Analysis of the Six Sense Fields (the Saḷāyatanavibhaṅga Sutta). In addition to sutta study, this retreat will include guided meditation, group discussion, and Dhamma talks.
Sense Experience, Insight, and Equanimity
Dates: Dec 10, 2022 - Dec 11, 2022
Instructor(s): Ayya Dhammadīpā
Saturday, December 10
8:00 - 9:30 am, Opening Session
2:00 - 3:30 pm, Afternoon Session
Sunday, December 11
8:00 - 9:30 am, Morning Session
11:00 am - 12:00 pm, Closing Session
About the Instructor(s):
Ayya Dhammadīpā is the founder of Dassanāya Buddhist Community. She is a dual lineage teacher - a fully ordained bhikkhuni in the Theravāda tradition, and a Dharma transmitted teacher in the Shunryu Suzuki lineage of Sōtō Zen. The shift in her practice from Zen to the Theravāda tradition is a natural extension of her longtime metta practice and study of the Pāli suttas. Ayya has been practicing Buddhism since 1987. In addition to English, she teaches in Spanish, an expression of her Latin heritage. Ayya is also an author whose writings have been published in the "Lion's Roar" and "Buddhadharma" magazines. Her recent book is titled, “Gifts Greater Than the Oceans: Benefits of the Buddhist Practice of Giving.” She is mother to a lovely adult daughter, and she enjoys watercolor painting and sewing.