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Day Retreat with Bodhipaksa – Letting Go into Joy

Sunday March 12, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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In this workshop we’ll explore and practice tools that help us to bring more calmness, energy, and joy into our meditation practice, so that we can move toward a meditative state of “flow.”

It’s hard to open a page in the Buddhist scriptures without coming across a reference to  meditative states called “jhanas” (Sanskrit, dhyanas). Many contemporary meditators assume that these experiences are unattainable by all but perhaps the most gifted of practitioners. Many develop an aversion to jhana, and even question whether it’s a desirable goal. And yet the Buddha himself saw the experience of jhana as “the path to awakening.” This suggests that we should take them seriously!

Over the last few years, Bodhipaksa has been teaching easily practiced approaches to the cultivation of jhana. These tools help us to radically calm the mind, to experience the body as pleasurable and full of energy, and to encourage the arising of joy. When these factors arise together, we find ourselves in a stable state of alert, relaxed, and joyful presence — jhana.

Although we may not experience jhana in the workshop, we’ll come away with numerous tools to help us quiet the mind, and to bring greater pleasure and joy into our experience. We’ll learn that jhana is not something we do, but something that we allow to arise: we let go into joy. We’ll learn that jhana arises when we focus on process and acceptance more than on goals. We’ll also begin to appreciate how experiences of jhana pave the way for liberating insight to arise, and how letting go into joy is a way for us to let go into reality.
‘I love teaching meditation. It’s had a tremendously positive effect on my own life, and I’ve seen it have an equally large effect on the lives of my students. Over and over again, students have told me how learning to meditate has changed their lives.’

Bodhipaksa founded the Wildmind project bringing the benefits of meditation via the internet, produced a range of meditation CDs and is author of the book, Wildmind: A Step-By-Step Guide to Meditation.

Join Bodhipaksa and be inspired by his engaging approach to meditation.

Sunday 12 March, 10am – 4pm. Lunch Included

Suitable for those who know our meditation practices

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Full Waged $90, Low Waged $70, Concession $50

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Date:
Sunday March 12
Time:
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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