The Westchester Buddhist Center’s Sixth Annual Retreat
The Four Foundations of Mindfulness
February 16-23, 2018
The Garrison Institute
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ABOUT THE RETREAT
While having a daily practice and attending weekly sessions and classes are important, “retreating” from the speed and habits of life gives us a rare opportunity to deepen our practice and understanding. In this intensive meditation retreat, daily talks and guided meditations will focus on the Buddha’s core teaching on meditation, The Four Foundations of Mindfulness Sutra. In particular, our focus will be on the unique interpretation of these presented by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Additionally, we will reference two traditional interpretations presented by Joseph Goldstein and Alan Wallace.
Mindfulness is the fundamental type of meditation practiced in the Buddhist tradition, and refers to three qualities - focused attention on the present, knowing whatever arises and alert presence. The Buddha taught by applying that type of meditative state to all realms of our being, including our body, emotions, thoughts and awareness, we can gradually transform them into the awakened state. By transforming our mind, we can transform our world.
Come join us for this intensive exploration!
Days will consist of alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation; guided meditations, short dharma talks, readings focused on the techniques, and interviews with the teachers. The first half of the program will be held in silence until the closing bell in the evening; thereafter in silence until lunch-time. Meals will be served buffet-style and will be primarily vegetarian.
The retreat will be led by John Baker, Jane Kolleeny and Derek Kolleeny, all of whom are experienced dharma teachers, authorized by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in the Kagyu-Nyingma traditions of Tibetan Buddhism (see bios here). As students of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, John, Jane and Derek emphasize experiential Buddhism, which develops as meditation practice deepens, both on the meditation cushion and in one’s daily life.
Westchester Buddhist Center was formed in early 2009 from the inspiration to share the Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhist and Shambhala teachings and meditation practices presented in the West by the Tibetan meditation master and scholar, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Learn more >