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The Buddha's Path to Freedom: The 1st Foundation of Mindfulness
Sally Armstrong
Saturday, September 27, 9:30am - 5:00pm
Community Meditation Hall
$55 - $150 sliding scale, plus a donation to the teacher(s) Add $5 at the door. Please bring your lunch. Code FF2D14.
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A Study and Practice Series of Four Daylongs (Part 1 of 4)
Prerequisite: Beginning meditation class or the equivalent.

The sutta on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness offers guidance on how to practice meditation by connecting with our direct experience. In the First Foundation of Mindfulness, these practices begin with awareness of the body, grounding our attention in the breath and an intimate awareness of the nature of the body, using a number of different techniques. In this daylong, we will explore different ways to practice mindfulness of the body. This practice offers profound insight into the nature of the body and reality. It is through an intimate observation of the body that we develop a visceral awareness of change, and how to meet the transient, challenging and often painful nature of life with presence, acceptance and letting go.

This retreat day will explore the essentials of mindfulness meditation through working with the breath and body in guided meditations, talks and discussions. Participants will gain an experiential understanding of how mindfulness works and how it can transform our lives, contributing to a genuine sense of well-being, joy, non-reactivity and freedom.

Sally will be joined for this day by senior student Andrew Chaikin (bio below) who will be available for individual interviews for students with questions about their practice or any of the days teaching.

This is an excellent program for those with some experience in meditation and for those who wanting to refresh and deepen their understanding of this essential Buddhist practice. You can register for individual days, but we highly recommend attending all four days for a more complete understanding of this teaching. To register for the 4-day series, go to The Four Foundations of Mindfulness: A Study and Practice Series of Daylongs

Young Adults (18-26) and Seniors (65+ with limited and fixed income) are invited to attend this day for $25.

Andrew Chaikin has practiced in the Theravada tradition since 2001. A graduate of Spirit Rock's Dedicated Practitioners' Program, he teaches a weekly sitting group in San Francisco called Heart Camp; is the Coordinating Teacher of the SF County Jail's meditation / yoga program; and founded Heart of the Warrior, a teenage meditation / wilderness program.

Please Carpool! Visit our Online Bulletin Board for Ride Sharing to find or offer a ride.

Online Registration for this event is available until 12 noon one business day before the event. If you can't attend, see our Cancellation Policy.

Volunteer/Work Exchange opportunities, as well as full or partial Scholarships, may be available for this program. For more information, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteering@spiritrock.org or (415) 488-0164 x224.

Scholarships are not available for events listed as “Benefits.”

Even if you have been to Spirit Rock before, please review Daylong Programs at Spirit Rock for useful information about what to wear, what to bring, how to get here, and more.



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