Samadhi -- a mind that is collected, steady and at ease -- arises from calm, and the body is an excellent vehicle for cultivating calm. We will use the breath and other body-based approaches of practice to cultivate and focus on calm, letting Samadhi naturally emerge during this retreat. We will then employ some energizing techniques, using the body, to balance the growing calm so that the energy doesn’t sink too low for mindfulness to be present and Samadhi to deepen.
This retreat is suitable for those newer to practice, but can also serve as a helpful refinement for those who have lots of meditation 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 25 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.