There are many useful pointers that can re-orient us to our practice and our life, cutting through seeming complexity and confusion:
• “Who am I?”
• “What is this?”
• “Drop deluded thinking!”
• “What is there if there is no thinking?”
The title of this retreat was coined by the Thai meditation master Ajahn Chah. It invites just such a simple, direct and practical way for each of us to stop, look and listen to our life. We will spend the day together cultivating the gift of a simplified way of living and being, and we will explore how to actualize this gift in the midst of the realities of our often hectic and complicated daily lives.
This program is appropriate for both new and experienced meditators. Our day will be spent in silence and will include the opportunity for individual interviews and an end-of-retreat discussion.
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.