Luminous mind 7-days Samatha retreat in the UK
We are happy to announce that Tina Rasmussen will lead a 7-days retreat on samatha meditation in the UK, from the 10th to the 16th of August 2019.
TIna Rasmussen, Ph.D., learned to meditate at the age of 13 and has been meditating for over 30 years. She was ordained as a Theravāda Buddhist nun by Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw of Burma, who also authorized her to teach. Tina is the co-author of Practicing the Jhanas (Shambala), as well a s several books on human potential. Tina works with students worldwide.
Concentration or serenity meditation (samatha) is one of the three major practices of the Buddhist path, which also include sila (practicing with the ethical principles), and vipassana (insight meditation). In concentration practice, we return our awareness to one object of meditation to the exclusion of everything else, thereby collecting and unifying the mind stream. Samatha practice is often referred to as “purification of mind” and it does that in two ways. First, the practice reveals with heightened clarity our habitual patterns that cause us to suffer both on and off the cushion. Second, as we build the capacity to turn away from these patterns, a laser-like awareness can develop that can lead to profound stillness and joy, as well as the possibility of the arising of deep meditative absorptions known as the jhanas. The word “jhana” can be translated as a “burning up”—of our habitual patterns of greed, hatred, and delusion—which purifies our awareness, as well as deepens our vipassana practice.
This retreat is open to all. It will offer an overview of concentration meditation as taught in the lineage of Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw of Burma, considered by many to be the leading living teacher of samatha practice and the jhanas. This retreat will be held in silence. There will be meditation instruction, several periods of meditation throughout the day, walking meditation, a dharma talk nightly with Q&A, and individual interviews. Topics will include: an outline of the path of practice; the relationship of samatha and vipassana and how they optimally work together; the purification of mind; and how to work skillfully with striving. Prerequisite: The equivalent of a class or retreat giving basic meditation instructions.