“Bahiya, this is how you should train yourself: whenever you hear a sound, simply hear; whenever you see a sight, simply see; whenever you taste a flavor, simply taste; whenever you feel a sensation, simply feel; whenever a thought arises, let it be simply a thought. Then, Bahiya, ‘you’ will not exist; whenever you do not exist, you will not be found in this world, another world, or in between. That is the end of suffering.” ~ The Buddha
“Achieving some understanding is not so difficult. The real question is, why do we not immediately live the understanding we have without hesitation?” ~ Vimala Thakar
On this retreat we will spend the day learning how to practice with one of the simplest, most elegant and most direct of the Buddha's teachings, the Bahiya Sutta. The succinct pointers found in this teaching go straight to the essence of awakening: It is always and only in this moment that transformation and freedom can occur.
Using silence, sitting and walking meditation, discussion and interviews, we will examine such aspects as:
- How to bring energy and devotion to our practice;
- What direct and “non-dual" practice is, and what can we expect from it;
- How to integrate this practice into the ups and downs of where we spend most of our lives (which is not on the cushion!)
This retreat is open to everyone. It can be taken alone or as an extension of the six-week Practice Group -- The Bahiya Sutta: The Buddha's Direct Teaching on Non-Dual Awakening -- which begins on Monday, February 25th.
Required reading: Bahiya Sutta
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.