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. In this course, two Spirit Rock teachers will explore this liberating teaching that forms the basis for Insight meditation practice.
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 the different ways the sutta describes 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.
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 code FF1D14.
Young Adults (18-26) and Seniors (65+ with limited and fixed income) are invited to attend this day for $25.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.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.