This program will be hosted both in-person and online (hybrid). This is the registration page to join Matthew Hepburn online, via Zoom. (Register here if you prefer to attend in person.) Registrants will receive the link to join the program in the Order Confirmation email. Time is ET.
Is it possible to use pleasure as part of a meditation practice?
The Buddha taught that attachment to sensual pleasures – and our mistaken belief that sensual pleasures lead to happiness – is a cause of great suffering. Along the way, many of us forget that this admonition not to take refuge in sense-pleasures does not mean that ALL pleasure is a distraction for the freedom-seeking heart. In fact, unless one’s meditation practice is filled with pleasure, it can be easy for practitioners to burn out on formal practice.
When the body is suffused with easeful breath energy, we experience pleasure. In fact, this skillful internal pleasure that we seek to cultivate – without attachment – in our meditation practice is absolutely essential for nourishing the unshakable wisdom and insight that spontaneously realize freedom.
This day-long meditation retreat will focus on refining each our capacity to recognize, fuel, and establish our minds in the natural enjoyment and pleasure that is to be found within the Buddha’s path of awakening. Our time together will include sitting meditation, walking meditation, talks, and discussion.
This retreat is appropriate for both new and experienced meditators. Everyone is welcome.
Full and partial scholarships are available up to 72 hours before the start of the program. This program will not be recorded.
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