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The Two Wings of Attention: Integrating Concentration and Mindfulness

Residential Program
Dates: Aug 23, 2024 - Aug 28, 2024
Days: Friday - Wednesday
Number of Nights: 5 nights

Instructor(s): Susan Morgan and Bill Morgan

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Program Description:

While concentration and mindfulness are core elements of attention, there is often confusion about the distinction between them and also about their purpose and function.

For example, how much concentration is necessary for insight to arise, and what exactly is meant by 'right mindfulness'? Is it useful to go straight to open monitoring? How do concentration and mindfulness work in harmony with one another?

During this program we will explore these questions and offer practices which honor and support the integration of these modes of attention. We will explore a variety of meditation instructions and guided meditations. Periods of teaching will alternate with sitting and walking meditation.There will also be time for group discussion and dyadic mindful speaking and listening exercises. Noble silence will be observed except as specified by the instructors.

Noble Silence:
Noble silence will be observed during much of this program. Some contemplative exercises may involve mindful speaking and listening. Noble silence is to be upheld at all other times.

Experience Level:
Suitable for beginning and experienced practitioners.

Cancellation Policy:
This policy applies to all residential and Path programs. Please note cancellation fees are at most $50 for those receiving financial assistance. Prior to six weeks before the program start date, cancellation fees are $50 for all programs more than two nights and $25 for programs two nights or less. 50% of your deposit is forfeited if you cancel between two and six weeks of the program start date. 100% of your deposit is forfeited if you cancel less than two weeks before the program start date.

Covid-19 Safety Protocol:
Please review our Covid-19 Safety Protocols here: https://www.buddhistinquiry.org/everything-you-need-to-know/

As we work to become a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive community, we invite feedback/suggestions you may have regarding ways that we can make participation in the program more accessible and welcoming. Please email us at contact@buddhistinquiry.org.
    About the Instructor(s):
  • Susan Morgan, CNS, is a psychotherapist in Cambridge, MA. She is a board and faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and contributing author to Mindfulness and Psychotherapy. Susan has a longstanding meditation practice and recently completed a four-year meditation retreat at the Forest Refuge. She has been leading retreats, primarily for caregivers, for the last 15 years. Lovingkindness and mindfulness of the body are integral to her teaching.

  • Bill Morgan, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Cambridge, MA. He has participated in many intensive retreats in meditation practice over the past 40 years and recently completed a four-year meditation retreat at the Forest Refuge in Barre, MA. Together with Susan Morgan, he has been leading mindfulness retreats for 15 years.