Ten thousand flowers in Spring
The moon in autumn, a cool breeze in summer,
snow in winter.
If your mind isn’t clouded by unnecessary things,
this is the best season of your life.
During this five-day retreat, our focus will be on cultivating present-moment attentiveness. We will look at the pathways of our conditioned thoughts and emotions, the habits and patterns of mind that rule our lives when there is not awareness. What does Wu-Men mean by “unnecessary things”? We will investigate this question with sincerity, and with the understanding that each of us may answer this question differently.
Freeing the mind from unnecessary rumination and obsessive thinking, we open to peace and creativity. We free the mind through understanding the nature of the mind, and by practicing methods and techniques appropriate to our own unique conditioning. We will offer ways to work with the mind instead of struggling in opposition against it.
The format of this five-day retreat invites each of us to intentionally combine formal meditation and daily life as dharma practice. We start with a weekend, emphasizing the practices of sitting and walking meditation. For the subsequent three days, we will meet in the evenings only. Participants will be given a meditation exercise to practice with during the day, an exercise directly concerned with daily life. Coming together again at the end of the day we will sit, walk and share our experiences of working with the exercises. Individual interviews will be offered to all participants.
This program is appropriate for both new and experienced meditators. Participants must attend both Saturday and Sunday, and are strongly encouraged to attend all five days. For those unable to attend any of the weekdays, we offer weekend-only registration.