Insight Chicago Meditation Community is happy to announce our 2015 New Year’s Retreat with Andrew Getz. The retreat will be held from January 1st to January 4th at the Cenacle retreat center in downtown Chicago.
Acceptance Inhabiting the Wise Heart
Acceptance is an antidote to the minds habit of self-judgment and a cornerstone of the Dharma. As we learn to trust the truth of the present moment we discover the capacity to take each step of the inner journey with an open heart. This retreat will explore several important dimensions of acceptance on the path of the Dharma.
Andrew has practiced Vipassana meditation for over 30 years including four years as an ordained monk in Thailand and Burma . He studied under U Pandita of the Mahasi Meditation Center in Burma, and spent a period of time in the monasteries of Ajahn Buddhadasa of Thailand. He has taught at Spirit Rock and The Insight Meditation Center in Barre, MA and has also taught The New Years meditation retreats here in Chicago for many years. He is a long time student of the Diamond Approach.
For more registration details, go to icmc2015newyears.eventbrite.com. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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Wisconsin teacher Santikaro is leading a meditation workshop in Ravenswood, Chicago on November 8th.
Meditation Workshop – Mindfulness, Concentration & Insight
This workshop will explore, clarify, and distinguish three crucial aspects of meditation practice. Mindfulness keeps the meditation object or theme in mind. Concentration settles mind and focuses without distraction. Insight is to see experience directly and clearly without bias or belief. These three factors are interdependent and essential.
The workshop’s format will be experiential, with guided practices and plenty of time for clearing up questions. Suitable for beginners and experienced meditators.
To register go to: libparkworkshop2014nov.eventbrite.com
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Meditation Workshop – Establishing Good Practices
Wisconsin teacher Santikaro is leading a meditation workshop on August 9th. The workshop will be an introduction to and review of important aspects of meditation practice that make it more regular, enjoyable, easy, and deepening. We will examine posture, motivation, attention to breath, mindfulness, and concentration. The format will be experiential, with plenty of time for test driving and clearing up questions. Suitable for beginners and experienced meditators.
Bring your worries and challenges!
Location: 5115 North Ravenswood, 2nd Floor (Just south of Foster, east of Damen)
Date: Saturday, August 9, 2014
Time: Arrive and set up at 12:30 pm. Workshop starts promptly at 1 pm and ends at 5pm.
Please bring mats, cushions, or other forms of portable seating if possible. Space is limited to 25 people. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to email@example.com
There is no fee for this workshop. Santikaro is coming from Norwalk Wisconsin. Dana will be greatly appreciated for the cost of his travels and his good effort in teaching the Dhamma.
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Due to questions from registrants for September retreat with Ajahn Viradhammo about giving, the Theosophical Society has provided the following update:
Please note that the cost for the retreat has factored in an offering of Dana that the Theosophical Society will be sending to Ajahn Viradhammo’s monastery in addition to all other expenses. However, individuals wanting to make additional offerings of Dana to the teacher can do so.”
Also note that the Theosophical Society has no relationship with Insight Chicago. The teacher they are hosting is well respected by Insight Chicago members and thus readers may be interested in attending.
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Liberation Park is organizing a 12 session dhamma study program lead by Wisconsin teacher Santikaro, which combines meditation practice with an in-depth exploration of early Buddhist texts. Classes will be held Sundays every six to eight weeks in the Chicago area, alternating between Oak Park and Albany Park/Ravenswood.
This program is aimed at meditators and students of Buddhism who wish to seriously engage the core Buddhist teachings as found in their earliest forms (the suttas, discourses, of the Pāli Nikāyas and the Chinese Āgamas). Compiled and recorded during the first few centuries of Buddhism, the suttas are the closest we can come to what the historical Buddha actually taught. While vast and varied, they offer jewels of profound insights and practical guidance for those that regularly explore them.
There a limited number of spaces available. To register, please download and review the program guide below, then email Santikaro with your interest.
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The Theosophical Society of Wheaton, IL is hosting a residential retreat by Ajahn Viradammo from September 26 to September 28.
Ajahn Viradhammo was born in Germany in 1947, the son of Latvian refugee parents. When he was four years old, the family moved to Toronto where he grew up and received his education. Around 1969, while living in India, he encountered Buddhism and eventually traveled to Thailand, becoming a Buddhist monk and a disciple of the late Venerable Ajahn Chah. After spending four years in Thailand, he was asked to join Ajahn Sumedho in England to help establish a number of monasteries. Moving to Wellington, New Zealand in 1985, he successfully established the Buddhist forest monastery Bodhinynrma. He is currently the abbot of Tisarana Buddhist monastery located in Ottawa, Canada.
Registration details can be found on the Theosophical Society web site below:
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This 5 day retreat is open to all. This is a unique opportunity to experience the meditative, relational practice of Insight Dialogue, and it’s going to be a rich time for those with experience to deepen their practice in our own backyard!
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