Since the time of the Buddha, intensive retreat practice has been considered crucial for the maturing of insight. The simplicity and support of the retreat environment encourage a continuity of awareness. Retreats can help develop qualities such as confidence, perseverance, mindfulness, concentration and the unfolding of wisdom and compassion.
We will spend our day together sitting and walking, experiencing the profound value of utter silence and simplicity in the company of other practitioners. There will be few interruptions to pull us away from the opportunity to settle into and deepen our practice. The retreat will conclude with the opportunity for questions and discussion of our experience.
This program is open to all, however, a minimum of one year of meditation practice is recommended.
Doug Phillips has taught insight meditation since 1995. He brings a strong commitment and interest to the integration of formal practice and intimacy in relationships in daily living. His teaching has been deeply influenced by Larry Rosenberg, Vimala Thakar and J. Krishnamurti, and he is the Senior Guiding Teacher for Empty Sky Sangha in West Cornwall, CT and Lexington, MA. Doug is also an authorized teacher of Koan Zen in the Soto tradition and a psychologist in private practice in Newton, MA.