In order for the Eightfold Path to fully develop, the practice needs to be informed by the qualities of wisdom and compassion, or, clear seeing and the heart. Clear seeing knows what is present, and knows whether it’s wholesome or unwholesome. The heart responds to what is known with kindness.
In this day-long retreat, we will explore the various ways we can consciously bring more kindness into our Vipassana practice. Further, we will feel into the kindness that is inherent in mindfulness itself. We will practice seeing that simply acknowledging something’s presence is an act of loving kindness. The goal will be for each person to understand that the mindfulness practice and the loving kindness practice are, in fact, not separate.
Our day together will include talks, discussion, sitting and walking meditation. This retreat is appropriate for both new and experienced meditators. Everyone is welcome.
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.