Heather Martin has been meditating since 1972, and practicing Vipassana since 1981. Beginning with S.N. Goenka, she has since been influenced by both Burmese and Thai streams of the Theravada tradition, and by Tibetan Dzogchen with Tsoknyi Rinpoche. Most recently she has been studying with Burmese Sayadaw U Tejaniya.
Her practical and wholehearted approach embodies ease and joy, while grounded in realism.
She has been leading retreats in Canada and the US since 2001. She worked for 20 years as a midwife, and lives on Salt Spring Island, off the south coast of B.C. For more information and Heather's teaching schedule, please visit: ssivipassana.org.
Two of the five Spiritual Faculties.
-What we actually believe in, rely on, value.
-The difference and sometimes distance between knowledge, ideas, beliefs and wisdom - the integrated absorbed and deeply understood truths.
How this truth-telling practice is a process which reveals ever deeper levels of what really is so. In this way, what we mistook for real is seen through and released, over and over again, leaving - what?
By welcoming joy we become content, so we relax, thus letting go of the need to do something - anything about it - thus calming down. Inner and/or outer joy facilitates the shift from doing to being - from trying to letting go - crucial steps on the path to awakening.
What obstructs us and what helps us on our journey to awakening. How these two clearly explained aspects of our experience alternatively trap us and free us over and over again, as we invite their interplay.