This retreat, suitable for both new and experienced meditators, will integrate the precise meditation instructions of Mahāsi Sayadaw with the practical awareness-oriented guidance of Sayadaw U Tejaniya, both highly skilled monastic teachers from Burma. The course teachers will offer a clear path for developing clarity of awareness with each arising moment. This leads to stability of mind and the insightful knowledge of liberation. Relaxed, persevering continuity of mindfulness allows us to recognize each moment’s experience, and leads to insightful understanding of the natural order of all things. Such knowledge weakens deeply conditioned habits of mind that cause unhappiness, and strengthens conditions for an enduring sense of well-being. Liberation is the mind released from mental states that result in suffering to oneself and others.
The retreat will be held in Noble Silence, and will include comprehensive guidance for continuous awareness in all activities. Each day will include scheduled periods for sitting, walking, chanting, meals, work-as-practice, Dhamma talks, Q&A, group and individual practice discussions, and opportunities for self-scheduled practice in one’s own rhythm.