This retreat offers the opportunity to deepen one's practice using the classic method of samatha/vipassana, or concentration and insight. We will explore the mutually supportive relationship between the development of a stable body/mind and the direct seeing of how life actually is. This direct seeing -- and the transformation it can bring -- is foundational to our own personal realization of the Buddha's experience of freedom from reactivity and a fragmented life.
Our day will be spent in silent practice including sitting, walking and instruction. There will be an opportunity for individual interviews and an end-of-retreat discussion. Everyone is welcome, however, a minimum of one year of meditation practice is recommended.
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.