Steadiness and wisdom -- in Pali, samatha and vipassana -- are at the heart of Buddhist practice. These two qualities can’t really be separated -- they are like the right and left hands -- but we can emphasize one or the other, responsive to what is needed at any given time. It is essential to know how to cultivate calm and steadiness, and then how to use this calm and steadiness for inquiry. Steadiness offers an initial level of inner peacefulness; this peacefulness is the springboard for inquiring into an uncultivated peace that is stable and reliable.
Various methods and approaches will be introduced throughout the weekend. Although this is a silent retreat, instructions for practice will be given throughout the retreat regarding steadiness, wisdom, sitting practice, walking practice, and seeing all conditions as material for awakening. The fruit of such a practice is liberation here and now, for the benefit of all beings.
This retreat is appropriate for beginners as well as experienced meditators and is an extended opportunity to engage in the formal practices of sitting and walking. Our days together will include talks, interviews, and time for questions and discussion.
Participants are strongly encouraged to attend both days, however, Saturday-only and Sunday-only registrations are also available.