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"In truth we are always present; we only imagine ourselves to be in one place or another."
—Howard Cohn

Examining Reality as a Path to Freedom: Insight Meditation Retreat for Experienced Students
Sayadaw U Jagara, Nikki Mirghafori
Monday, May 22, 3:00pm - Monday, May 29, 11:30am
upper Walking Hall - see details below**
$1725 - $785 sliding scale, plus a donation to the teacher(s) and retreat staff. Code 267R17.
Retreat still has spaces available. If interested call Retreat Managers - 415-488-0164 ext. 262

There are scholarship and young adult rates available.



Prerequisite: Participants are required to have sat two 7-night or three 5-night insight meditation retreats, or a single insight retreat of 14 or more days. Please document this when registering.

"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one," said Einstein. This forceful statement echoes the Buddha's teachings of liberation.

Buddhist practice allows us to gain first-hand insights into the true nature of our constructed, illusive reality. As we dive into a fine-grained investigation of our experience, we begin to see how different interpretations of reality are constructed by our mind. This inquiry can break the seeming solidity, permanence and continuity of our unexamined experience. As this process unfolds, we open to unexpected perspectives, and ultimately, freedom.

Initial instructions on this silent retreat will encourage stabilizing our attention through samatha. Then instructions will be given for more refined levels of observation of phenomena through vipassana. Although traditional Buddhist concentration and insight practices will primarily be offered, the teachers will also draw on complementary disciplines to provide a broader context for our investigations. The goal, however, always remains concrete and practical: greater inner peace and liberation.

Spirit Rock extends a special invitation to young adults (age 18-26) who wish to attend this retreat at a rate of $35 per night, on a first come, first serve basis. A limited number of special rates are available, please apply early.

**UWH=upper Walking Hall = This retreat is designed as a smaller and more intimate retreat and as such, it is held in the upper Walking Hall. This hall is located at the top of a flight of stairs adjacent to the main meditation hall. It is not accessible by wheelchair or scooter. If you have mobility limitations such that you cannot climb a flight of stairs, this retreat is not appropriate for you. Please call the registration department for more details BEFORE you register for this retreat if you have concerns related to accessibility to the upper Walking Hall.

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Also remember that the cost above is priced as a sliding scale. Please pay at the highest level of the sliding scale that you can afford. This allows others who need to pay less the opportunity to attend. Fee is for room and board. Teaching and staffing of the retreats is by donation at the end of the retreat. For more information, see Retreat FAQ.

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