When we practice meditation, what intentions motivate us? We value mindfulness, but for what reasons? Perhaps we want to be mindful because 'we should', to achieve meditative results or because we don't like the mind the way it is in the moment. In our broader relationship to meditation, we may have the aspiration to understand suffering, or to be of benefit to all beings, but if we really look closely, what motivations are we practicing moment-to-moment as we cultivate the mind during our meditation practice?
The three categories of Wise Intention are non-greed, non-hatred and non-cruelty. We can frame these in a more positive light as: renunciation and simplicity; good will and friendliness; and compassion and kindness. When these wise intentions condition our actions of body, speech and mind, they lead toward freedom from suffering.
In this daylong retreat we will practice developing Wise Intention as the hand that holds and guides the tool of mindfulness. During our day together, there will be periods of sitting, walking and guided meditation as well as reflections to support your practice. There will also be plenty of time for questions and comments. Everyone is welcome.
Matthew Hepburn has been offering meditation instruction at CIMC since 2012. Beyond CIMC, he has taught meditation in prisons, in schools and as a trainee at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA where he is currently a participant in the 2017-2021 Teacher Training Program.