August 2021

14Aug(Aug 14)12:00 AM31(Aug 31)12:00 AMConcentration and AwarenessA Retreat for Experienced Students12:00 AM - 12:00 AM (31) Teacher(s): Guy Armstrong; Phillip Moffitt, MA, SEP; Sally Armstrong; Andrea Fella; Dawn Scott PrerequisiteNo prerequisiteOpens soon

Event Details

If in-person: Saturday to Tuesday, August 14 – 31, 2021 (18 days/17 nights).
If online: Saturday to Wednesday, August 14 – 25 (12 days).
*This retreat’s length will vary depending on format. A daily schedule will be posted closer to the retreat.

Sliding Scale: TBD, PLUS a donation to the teacher(s). Code 286R21.

(if retreat is in-person) Prerequisite: Completion of at least two 7-day silent residential insight meditation retreats (in-person retreat experience; online retreats are not eligible).
(if retreat is online) Prerequisite: Completion of at least two 7-day silent insight meditation retreats; these can be either in-person or online retreats.

The first half of this retreat will focus on the development of concentration (samadhi), the collectedness and unification of mind that gives it strength and stability. The development of concentration, which comes from cultivating a relaxed attention and ease of mind, can bring joy to your practice and lead to the skillful use of pleasure in the meditative process. Concentration is also a key ingredient in the deepening of meditative insight.

The second half of the retreat will build on the foundation of concentration to explore the nature of awareness, or consciousness, which is the heart of sentient life. Awareness is always with us, revealing the phenomena of our experience, yet we may not have learned how to use it as a focus in meditation. As we deepen our connection to and understanding of this mysterious capacity for knowing, it becomes a powerful pathway to inner freedom and liberation.