The Buddha described the mind as the forerunner of all things. When we speak or act with an agitated mind, suffering naturally follows. Conversely, with a well-cultivated mind, actions and speech become harmonious, bringing happiness to oneself and the world.
In this day-long retreat, we will explore how to know the quality of mind that is meditating as well as the meditating mind itself. For example, are you meditating with a desire to have only pleasant experiences? Is there aversion or resistance in the mind? We’ll explore how to cultivate a compassionate awareness that can be with anything that is arising, including the range of pleasant and unpleasant experiences that are an unavoidable part of life.
This program is appropriate for both new and experienced meditators. Please feel invited to join us for a day of practice in community. There will be periods of sitting and walking, guided meditation as well as reflections to support your practice. There will also be plenty of time for questions and comments.
Alexis Santos has practiced insight meditation in India, Burma and the U.S. since 2001. A long-time student of Sayadaw U Tejaniya, his teaching emphasizes knowing the mind through a natural and relaxed continuity. He is a graduate of the IMS-Spirit Rock Teacher Training Program and brings a practical, intuitive and compassionate approach to the development of wisdom.