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Holistic Awareness: Monastic Retreat

Western nuns and monks from the Theravada monastic tradition teach each year at the Retreat Center. The 2017 course, open to all, will focus on holistic awareness – accessing an awareness that supports and balances the body, heart and mind. Retreatants are asked to observe the eight monastic precepts, which include abstaining from eating after noon each day, and to participate fully in the daily routine of silent sitting, standing and walking meditation. There will also be group meetings with the teachers.

Group practice will begin each morning with an offering to the Triple Gem, such as flowers, light (in the form of candles) and incense or water, as well as chanting. Along with the renunciation, the acts of offering and homage establish the heart-tone of the retreat.

2017-04-07 (9 days) Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

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2017-04-07 Going Forth - A Refuge 1:32:05
Ayya Medhanandi
Entering a period of silent retreat simulates the monastic 'Going Forth' with an aspiration to deepen our virtue, samadhi, and wisdom. We take Refuge in our highest spiritual potential as human beings, working from faith in our ability to do this; training and transforming the mind through good-will, wise reflection, and selflessness; and opening our hearts to offer that refuge and safety to others.
2017-04-07 Chanting 1:29
Ajahn Sucitto
2017-04-08 Puja: Entering The Sacred 53:57
Ajahn Sucitto
The sacred is a universal, impersonal but subjective mode of experience - of presence, openness, devoid of self-image. With "Puja" we resonate silence and enter it.
2017-04-08 Layers Of Being and Their Peeling 1:16:50
Ajahn Sucitto
Development of body and mind entails a path of revealing and releasing "layers" of conditioning: physical, sensual, emotional and conceptual.
2017-04-08 Mindfulness Of Body - Ground, Space and Rhythm 46:58
Ajahn Sucitto
Mindfulness of body checks the speed and attitude of our thought world. Exercises in sitting and walking have a similar relaxed mode of attention.
2017-04-08 The Turning Point - Handling The Senses, Ayya Medhanandi Bhikkhuni -chant leader 1:20:48
Ajahn Sucitto
The path to nibbana begins by bringing values and virtues into being. As these strengthen, they provide an alternative to the pull of the senses. This leads to liberation
2017-04-09 Puja: Yoga of Voice, Yoga of Heart 25:57
Ajahn Sucitto
Chanting helps to open the body and energize emotional sensitivity. As our voices merge in the group there is harmony. The art of praising a venerable figure uplifts the heart.
2017-04-09 Channels For Release 64:31
Ajahn Sucitto
Mindfulness can be sustained through a neutral act of observing visual, listening auditory or feeling in ones body. The latter is useful for emotions and psychological afflictions that cannot be opened.
2017-04-10 Puja: Alignment to opening beyond self 13:26
Ajahn Sucitto
Ritual can be used to consciously, clearly enter the sacredness of the moment.
2017-04-10 Chanting 4:43
Ajahn Sucitto
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