This program will be held online via Zoom. All registrants will receive the link to join the program in their Order Confirmation email.
In some moments we feel more free, more open, and more at ease with the changing, uncontrollable nature of life than we do in other moments. Why is this? What gets in our way? In each instance, it’s often obvious: we’re obsessed or afraid, we’re defended or caught in longing, etc. What’s not so obvious is how to step out of these ancient habits and step into wellbeing right in the moment we’re in.
Buddhist teachings reveal that all of these habits have their roots in grasping (making what is impersonal personal). After his enlightenment, the Buddha used his first moment of teaching to describe the depth and breadth of suffering and struggle. Then, having set the stage for what is at stake, in the teaching that followed he described how we can—at any moment—relax old habits and set down the grasping that causes continued suffering for ourselves and others.
For this daylong retreat, we will learn together to directly practice the teachings in the Discourse on Non-Self which encourages the possibility of non-grasping in any moment of our experience.
Through the simple frame of non-grasping, we’ll explore together a practical understanding of the fourth foundation of mindfulness, the five aggregates, and the three characteristics. There will be periods of sitting meditation, walking meditation, teachings, and Q&A. Please come enjoy a day of practicing freedom.
This program is appropriate for both new and experienced meditators. Full and partial scholarships are available.
Matthew Hepburn has been offering meditation instruction at CIMC since 2012. Beyond CIMC, he has taught meditation in prisons, in schools and as a trainee at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA where he is currently a participant in the 2017-2021 Teacher Training Program.