"When sitting, just sit." This is a common meditation instruction. What does it actually mean though? One of the most important aspects of formal practice is the attitude with which we practice. Are we sitting or walking simply to be in the present moment, or is there an agenda? Are we feeling the sensations of the in-breath because that's what is happening? Or are we feeling the sensations so that something will happen?
During this day-long retreat we will explore how we can become aware of the various attitudes we bring to practice and how they manifest. We will practice cultivating the attitudes that serve awakening, and letting go of the ones that don't.
This program is appropriate for both new and experienced meditators. Our day together will include talks, discussion, sitting and walking meditation.
Chas DiCapua has been practicing mindfulness and Buddhist meditation, primarily in the Theravada school, for 25 years. In 2003 he was invited to be the Resident Teacher at the Insight Meditation Society where he continues to serve in that role. He is interested in how the basic material of our everyday lives, including relationships, can be used as a vehicle for awakening. A graduate of the IMS/Spirit Rock teacher training, Chas teaches retreats at IMS and at various centers and sanghas throughout the country.