Meditation practice, as taught by the Buddha, includes both calming and investigative methods. During this retreat, we will include calming practices and, as steadiness is developed, will begin to learn how to ask meditative questions as a way of deepening our understanding through investigation.
What is investigation? What does it mean to enter into inquiry and reflection from a meditative point of view? We generally understand the word “investigation” to mean thinking. Learning to ask meditative questions -- and learning what not to ask as well -- is a way of using thought skillfully. Encouraging a silent, sustained attentiveness is a springboard leading to the capacity to ask questions in a way that encourages interest and inner freedom. The spirit of inquiry underlies all Buddhist teachings and practices. The Buddha discovered that deep inquiry frees the mind from suffering and the pitfalls of an unexamined life.
This workshop is appropriate for both new and experienced meditators and will include talks, discussion, sitting meditation as well as time for questions.