June 1-4, 2018 • The Hermitage • Denman Island, BC
The restless and distracted nature of the human mind has, without proper training and practice, little to no opportunity to abide in a tranquil state, a prerequisite to developing liberating insight. Along the Buddha’s path leading to the cessation of suffering one encounters various mental factors inherent within the mind, both wholesome and unwholesome. Under the rubric of the wholesome factors resides what is colloquially referred to as the seven factors of enlightenment, in Pāli, the bojjhangas.
The seven factors of enlightenment are causative factors that support the awakening of the mind. One of these seven factors is tranquility or passaddhi. The literal translation of passaddhi is cool calmness, a state of mind in which the heat of mental activity and agitation subsides in exchange for the cool, calm and reflective tendencies of consciousness necessary for the arising of knowledge. Over this retreat period we will apply the time tested vipassana methodology of the revered Burmese master, Mahasi Sayadaw.
Whit, a remarkable teacher particularly of the Burmese Mahasi Sayadaw tradition of meditation, will lead you in a light, clear, knowledgable manner, designed for Western practitioners of meditation. This silent retreat is suitable for both beginners and advanced practitioners.
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