This day-long retreat will focus on the careful examination of our direct and immediate experience of what we are and what our life in this moment actually is. Most of us spend considerable time in a fantasy world of thinking about a past that no longer exists or a future that doesn't yet exist and miss much of the immediate, mysterious, ever changing richness of life that we actually are.
Through the use of simple, direct observation we will challenge the basic assumptions and stories that create the sense of separation, discontent and anxiety that we so often experience. We will begin to learn how to encourage the emergence of a perspective that contains our common experiences, as well as the sense of spaciousness that includes all of that which comes and goes and is our life.
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.