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.

AjahnViradhammo_fThe 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:


Greg-Kramer-color-photo-smallThe Northwestern Family Institute is organizing an retreat by long time meditation teacher Gregory Kramer. The retreat, titled “Cultivating Wisdom in Relationship”, will be held June 17-22 at the Fullerton Cenacle in Chicago. Here is the information and registration link: http://www.family-institute.org/academics-alumni/continuing-education/cultivating-wisdom-in-relationship
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!

On April 30, Santikaro, the teacher who will be leading our May retreat, will visit the Northside Sangha and lead the group for the evening.  All are welcome to join us.  Our address is 5115 N. Ravenswood, upstairs and to the left. We will begin promptly at 6:30 pm and meet until 8:20 pm.

Please RSVP or address any questions to northside@insightchicago.org so that we have a good idea of how many will be attending and can organize the space.

While there is no fee, there will be an opportunity to offer donations/dana to support the teacher.

SantikaroSantikaro went to Thailand with the Peace Corps in 1980, was ordained as a Theravada monk in 1985, and subsequently trained at Suan Mokkh with Buddhadasa Bhikkhu, a leading Thai teacher, scholar, and reformer of Theravada Buddhism. He became Ajahn Buddhadasa’s primary English translator and was abbot of nearby Suan Atammayatarama. In 2004 he retired from formal monastic life. He continues to teach in the Buddhist tradition with an emphasis on the early Pali sources. He is the founder of Liberation Park, a modern American expression of Buddhist practice, study, and social responsibility. There he continues to teach, study, practice, translate the work of his teacher, engage in social activism, and imagine the future of Buddha-Dhamma in the West.

ICMC is pleased to announce that Lakeside Vipassana resumes scheduled sitting on May 5th after a hiatus. Lakeside will meet Mondays, 6:30pm (not the previous Tuesdays) at the Church of the Ascension, 1133 N. LaSalle. Practice includes a period of sitting meditation, a recorded dharma talk, and discussion. Please contact lakeside@insightchicago.org for more information.


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