The spirit of investigation or inquiry is fundamental to establishing, deepening and living our practice. This second “Factor of Awakening” is variously translated as "analysis," "discrimination," "investigation of doctrine," or, as we will be using it, "the search for Truth." This latter involves the sustained and direct experiential realization of who and what we are most fundamentally. It involves a commitment to our daily sitting practice and to the practice of relationships as a path of self-knowing.
This will not be an academic study group. It will most benefit those who have an established and ongoing daily sitting practice and a desire to simplify and deepen that practice through rigorous contemplative inquiry into the simple, but profound questions of who we are and what "this" is.
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.