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Investigating the Mind: A Four Day Retreat with Shaila Catherine
Although meditation is renowned for promoting tranquility and mental calmness, meditation is not passive. Investigative methods play a vital role in the skillful development of mindfulness, wisdom, and liberating insight. This insight meditation retreat will cultivate ways of investigating the mind, working with hindrances, and clarifying perception. We will examine the quality of our minds to understand how we might meet life’s experiences free from suffering. This silent meditation retreat will include sitting and walking meditation, meditation instruction, and teachings. Shaila Catherine is the founder of Bodhi Courses, an online Dhamma classroom, and Insight Meditation South Bay, a Buddhist meditation center in Silicon Valley in California. She has been practicing meditation since 1980, accumulating more than eight years of silent retreat experience, and has taught internationally since 1996. Shaila studied with masters in India, Thailand, and Nepal, and also with the founders of western meditation centers. She completed a one-year intensive meditation retreat with the focus on concentration and jhāna, and authored Focused and Fearless: A Meditator’s Guide to States of Deep Joy, Calm, and Clarity. From[masked] Shaila practiced under the direction of Venerable Pa-Auk Sayadaw. She authored Wisdom Wide and Deep: A Practical Handbook for Mastering Jhāna and Vipassanā to help make this traditional approach to samadhi and vipassana accessible to western practitioners. Register at Please Note, there is a required $75 registration fee for this 4-day retreat.

Flowering Lotus Retreat Center

204 South Clark Street · Magnolia, MS

Respond by: 10/11/2018

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This mindfulness meditation group will provide an opportunity for concise meditation instruction with an opportunity to practice. The weekly talk with be based upon teachings of the historical Buddha, and will be compatible with the religious or spiritual orientation of all. Music and poetry will be used along with specific readings and references to suttas from the Pali Canon (books containing teachings of the Buddha). There will be opportunities for questions and sharing by group members in pairs. The group will be fluid in its approach with an emphasis on supporting participants to establish and maintain a practice at home.

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