It is very common for meditators to bring an approach to meditation that involves getting better, improving and becoming skilled at something. Given the culture we find ourselves in, how could this be otherwise?
During this day-long retreat, we will orient our practice toward simplicity and ease, being mindful and letting go of the habitual tendencies to turn the meditation practice into yet another thing to try and excel at. We will use a combination of Samatha (calming) and Vipassana (looking) meditation to support this simplicity and ease.
This retreat will be most supportive to people that have already had some retreat experience. Our day together will include talks, discussion, sitting and walking meditation.
Chas DiCapua has been practicing mindfulness and Buddhist meditation, primarily in the Theravada school, for 30 years. In 2003 he was invited to be the Resident Teacher at the Insight Meditation Society where he continues to serve in that role. He is interested in how the basic material of our everyday lives, including relationships, can be used as a vehicle for awakening. A graduate of the IMS/Spirit Rock teacher training, Chas teaches retreats at IMS and at various centers and sanghas throughout the country.