Mindfulness signifies attentiveness to the present, but this attentiveness expresses itself in some very specific ways. Mindfulness includes the qualities of not forgetting, remembering, direct observation and clear comprehension. As we look at each one of these aspects of mindfulness, we can understand why it’s understood to be the one factor of mind that is useful in every situation. However, mindfulness alone is not enough for the development of wisdom and freedom. It is necessary to bring appropriate attention which is based on wise view, wise intention, and wise effort to our practice.
This program is appropriate for both new and experienced meditators. We will apply mindfulness and appropriate attention as tools to develop the wisdom that frees us. Everyone is welcome.
Mindfulness, A Practical Guide for Awakening by Joseph Goldstein is a recommended supplement for the course
Ron Denhardt has practiced Insight Meditation and in the Zen tradition since 1989. He has been teaching at CIMC since 2006, where he teaches the Elders’ Group and other classes. He also teaches meditation at colleges, adult education centers, and other community organizations. Ron has a strong interest in somatic practices and neuroscience. He finds it very heartening when practitioners realize personal freedom is possible and that their own freedom will be beneficial to all.