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Shaila Catherine will lead 3 summer retreats in Netherlands

DATES:

  • Saturday, July 27 – Sunday, August 4, 2019
    Concentration Through Anapanasati Samadhi
  • Monday, August 5 – Tuesday, August 13, 2019
    Insight Through Anapanasati
  • Thursday, August 15 – Sunday, August 18, 2019
    Energy, Effort, and Ease in Meditation

RETREAT DESCRIPTIONS:

Saturday, July 27 – Sunday, August 4, 2019
8 night Anapanasati Samadhi retreat
Concentration Through Anapanasati Samadhi

The teachings on this retreat will emphasize the development of concentration using the breath as the primary meditative object. The daily morning instruction session will introduce mindfulness with breathing as a concentration practice and will systematically develop the skills that can lead to the deep absorption states of jhana. Dhamma talks will explore a range of subjects to support the growth of wisdom and insight. This silent retreat is intended for experienced practitioners who have already developed some degree of skill working with hindrances and mindfulness or insight practices. There will be periods of sitting and walking meditation, dhamma teachings, question and answer sessions, and group and individual  consultations with the teacher.

Prerequisites and Preparations: This retreat is intended for practitioners who already have some experience with insight meditation and have attended at least two previous mindfulness or insight meditation retreat or have an established daily meditation practice for at least one year. Prior to the retreat please read Focused and Fearless, by Shaila Catherine, and the Ananpanasati Sutta https://suttacentral.net/mn118/en/bodhi.

Monday, August 5 – Tuesday, August 13, 2019
8 night Insight Meditation Retreat
Insight Through Anapanasati

This silent meditation retreat will focus on the insight instructions that are embedded in the Anapanasati Sutta. The teachings will explore the dynamics of insight, and illuminate the perceptions of impermanence, dukkha, not-self, dispassion, cessation, and letting go. 

Prerequisites and Preparations: This retreat is intended for practitioners who already have some experience with insight meditation and have attended at least two previous mindfulness or insight meditation retreats or have an established daily meditation practice for at least one year. Prior to the retreat please read the Ananpanasati Sutta https://suttacentral.net/mn118/en/bodhi.

Thursday, August 15 – Sunday, August 18, 2019
3 night Weekend Retreat
Energy, Effort, and Ease in Meditation
An Insight Meditation retreat led by Shaila Catherine

This insight retreat will emphasize skills for developing Right Effort to support mindfulness, concentration, and insight. By learning to use our energies wisely, we can set down the burden of competitive striving, infuse our activities with ease, cultivate balanced beautiful qualities, open to a fresh and free way of engaging with experience, and incline the mind toward profound peace.

The factor of effort is included in many of the most important Buddhist Lists including the Noble Eight-fold Path, the Seven Factors of Awakening, The Five Faculties, The Five Powers, and the Four Bases of Success.

Morning instructions on this retreat will explore effort as described in the Sammappadhāna Samyutta, The Connected Discourses on Right Striving (SN 49.1). This brief teaching presents a flexible four-part approach to skillfully meeting situations, both in formal meditation practice and in life.

Everyone is welcome. This weekend retreat is appropriate for both new and experienced practitioners. It will include group meditation instructions, dharma teachings, and either group or individual consultations with the teacher.


Attendance Requirement: Participants are asked to arrive at the start of each retreat, and depart at the end of the retreat. Please do not register for a retreat if you expect to arrive late or depart early. Fees are based on the full retreat; if a situation arises that requires an early departure, fees will not be reduced or refunded.

For more information and registration details visit www.sanghametta.nl

https://www.sanghametta.nl/index.php/programma-en-activiteiten/english-retreats/426-shaila-catherine-2019-1-en