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Wisconsin teacher Santikaro is continues November’s meditation workshop on January 3rd, 2015 in Ravenswood, Chicago.

SantikaroMeditation Workshop – Inner Serenity, Clarity, & Insight

In this workshop we will continue to explore and clarify the basics of good practice in meditation. We will revisit posture and try a mindfulness of body practice. We will review typical obstacles to inner tranquility, clarity, and insight, as well as how to overcome them. We will review the meaning of “insight” and how to foster it.

The format will be experiential, with plenty of time for test driving and clearing up questions. Suitable for beginners and experienced meditators.

To register go to: libparkworkshop2015jan.eventbrite.com

Andrew GetzThe New Year’s retreat with Andrew Getz is full. Cancellations do occur, so check the registration page for updates. You can also sign up on the waitlist to be notified if rooms become available.

Wisconsin teacher Santikaro is leading a meditation workshop in Ravenswood, Chicago on November 8th.

SantikaroMeditation 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

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.

Andrew GetzAcceptance 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 registrar@insightchicago.org with any questions.

SantikaroMeditation 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 pmWorkshop 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  scottchambersfurniture@gmail.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.

Questions?:  scottchambersfurniture@gmail.com

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.

SantikaroLiberation 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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