Santikaro – Entering the Buddha’s Path with Breathing and All Day Retreat

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September 11-13th, 2015

No Set Fee – Pay Whatever You Can Afford

Santikaro.NewSantikaro, a former Theravada monk, returns to the Rime Buddhist Center to present the full range of practice of mindfulness with breathing.

Mindfulness with Breathing is the primary meditative system of Early Buddhism. In it, the Buddha outlined a series of mindful contemplations that begin with the breathing body and work up through insight into the nature of Mind and Dhamma culminating in true knowing and liberation. Santikaro will offer an overview of this system Friday evening, September 11, along with guided practice in the basics of mindful breathing. Saturday’s workshop will explore further developments, primarily through guided practices, discussion, and silent meditation. Continue reading

Karen Maezen Miller – Paradise in Plain Sight: Lessons from a Zen Garden

October 23-25th, 2015

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255143_2101125735707_5486565_nZen priest Karen Maezen Miller will lead an introduction to Zen practices and teachings on her newest book Paradise in Plain Sight, during the weekend retreat October 23rd – 25th. Participants will receive a full taste of the Zen tradition. She will teach zazen (Zen meditation) with its emphasis on the breath, walking meditation, and an introduction to Zen chanting. These are the traditional mindfulness practices that are incorporated into a Zen retreat. This retreat will also teach on Zen lessons in fearlessness, forgiveness, presence, acceptance, and contentment. The teachings are personal and informal, appropriate to all practitioners who like Maezen Miller gathers inspiration from the ground beneath her feet to remind us that paradise is always here and now. Continue reading