Introduction to concentration and serenity meditation, 1 day + 1 evening Samatha mini retreat in Norway
We are happy to announce that Tina Rasmussen will lead a weekend introduction to Samatha meditation in Norway (17 Maltidets Hus, Stavanger ), from evening 2nd August to 3rd August 2019.
Concentration or serenity meditation (samatha) is one of the three major practices of the Buddhist path. The other two are sila (practicing with ethical principles), and vipassana (insight meditation). In concentration meditation, 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, once understood we can in a practical way deal with these habitual patterns, and systematically change our behavior and way of thinking in order to lead a more harmonious life. 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—this purifies our awareness, as well as deepens our ability to practice insight meditation.
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.
This daylong meditation introduction is open for all. It will offer a short introduction to the meditation practice with Tina on Friday evening 2nd August as well as a full day (Saturday 3rd August) introduction and hands on concentration meditation practice with Tina, as taught in the lineage of Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw of Burma. Pa Auk Sayadaw is considered by many to be the leading living teacher of samatha practice and the jhanas, and Tina was one of the first westerners to complete all the samatha practice stages with the guidance from Pa Auk Sayadaw. This daylong retreat will partly be held in silence.
During the day we are given meditation instructions, we have several periods of silent meditation sessions, as well as talks given by Tina (including Q&A). Topics will among other things include: what is samatha/concentration meditation, what is compelling about this practice, what are the reasons to do this practice, the purification of mind; and how to work skillfully with striving.
Prerequisite: There are no prerequisites for this daylong. We only ask you to come with an open mind and enjoy this introduction to samatha meditation practice.
Food allergies and diets: There will be served a light lunch (included in the daylong-fee), something to drink and snacks throughout the day. At enrollment, please inform us about any possible food allergies or diets etc.