Living the Eightfold Path: Cultivating Happiness and Peace in the Midst of Real Challenges
Thursday, October 12, 12:30 p.m. – Sunday, October 15, 12:00 p.m.
Registration is now open for Insight Chicago’s Fall retreat with Santikaro. The retreat will be held on the beautiful grounds of the Portiuncula Center for Prayer, 9263 West St. Francis Road, Frankfort, IL 60423.
Each day, each of us faces regular challenges to health, survival, well-being, and meaning. Buddha-Dhamma offers awakened, liberating perspectives on these challenges, along with maps of spiritual & ethical practices for realizing the supreme purpose in life. These are summarized in the ennobling truths and ennobling path of those unencumbered by egoism.
Current political conflict, an exploitative economy, persistent racism and misogyny, poverty, and climate deterioration, to name a few prominent examples, challenge us to look deeply within for wise, compassionate responses to the human dilemma. How does a species capable of great beauty and love consistently trap itself in greed, hatred, fear, and egoism? What is our way through this age-old dilemma as we face it today? What can each of us contribute today? How might we support each other without imposing?
This retreat will offer reflections on spiritual path and the teachings that guide it. Supporting practices will be suggested and supported. A quiet, safe space is provided for focused exploration. A sangha of similarly intentioned friends accompanies and support each of us. This retreat will take place in noble silence and simplicity. There will be ample opportunity for sitting meditation, walking midst the Port’s pleasant and forested grounds, personal reflection, and journaling. Talks and dialogue circles will explore the themes of the retreat.
More specifically, we will review and test drive specific meditation skills that can be applied, once sufficiently cultivated, whenever the need arises:
breathing for when we are triggered
forgiveness for when we are angered
inner fortitude for when we are frightened
daily recollections that bring us back to ‘big picture’
A foundation for these is mindfulness with breathing. While we have responsibility towards the outer difficulty of the world and our culture, we have more immediate influence upon the inner personal challenges that impact our human heart, mind, and body.
Santikaro trained for almost two decades as a Theravada bhikkhu, mostly at Suan Mokkh in Southern Thailand where he lived with Ajahn Buddhadāsa and became his primary translator. His training continues here in the Midwest, as an upasaka, where he is co-founder along with his wife Jo Marie of Liberation Park, a modern expression of Buddhist practice, study, and social responsibility, located in rural southwestern Wisconsin. He has been teaching in the Chicago area since his return “home” in 2000 and is active teaching around the Midwest and further afield. Life’s vicissitudes have given him some acquaintance with cancer, trauma, addictions, deforestation, joy, and other challenges that he explores regularly.
First Day Schedule Please arrive at 12:30 pm. We will begin at 1:00 pm. Room check in will be during the break at 3:00 pm. Dinner will be at 5:00 pm.
Meals All meals served at the retreat will be vegetarian. If you have special needs re food, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other fee structures or scholarships may be available; contact the retreat manager at email@example.com for details.
Refunds Attendees can request refunds up to 30 days before the event’s start date.
Ride-sharing If you need a ride or can offer a ride, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions? Contact the retreat manager at email@example.com.