Prerequisite: Beginning meditation class or the equivalent.
The Buddha taught that there is a direct way for alleviating suffering and discovering peace, wisdom and happiness, and that is through cultivating the Four Foundations of Mindfulness or Satipatthana. In this course, two Spirit Rock teachers will explore this liberating teaching that forms the basis for Insight meditation practice.
The Satipatthana Sutta (usually translated as the Foundations of Mindfulness) offers a complete description of the practice of mindfulness, beginning with the direct awareness of the breath and the body, progressing through mindfulness of vedana or feeling tone, to the more subtle object of the Third Foundation, mindfulness of mind states.
The Fourth Foundation of Mindfulness represents the culmination of this series of practices, and can be seen as a direct pointing, again and again, to the possibility of freedom through direct awareness of where we get caught, and how to turn the mind towards liberation. In this daylong, we will explore the practices of the Fourth Foundation, which can be seen as both the last in the sequence of practices, and as a progression in itself. We will examine how the Fourth Foundation can be skillfully interwoven into our practice of the other foundations in our daily meditations and on retreats. This daylong will be based on the text in which the Buddha describes this complex and liberating practice.
Young Adults (18-26) and Seniors (65+ with limited and fixed income) are invited to attend this day for $25.
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