Awaken • A Vipassana Retreat June 21-26, 2019
The Hermitage • Denman Island, BC
The meditative path laid down by the Buddha over 2600 years ago is a contemplative journey into mind and body. Through direct experience practitioners cultivate insight into ultimate reality, giving rise to an awakened state of consciousness free from the fetters of past conditioning.
The name Buddha itself comes from the Pāli word ‘bodhi’ and its root ‘budh’, meaning to awaken, become aware.
In this six-day retreat held in noble silence practitioners will apply the ancient practice of vipassanā, awakening experientially to the true nature of the phenomena of mind and matter. Vipassanā or insight meditation means to see through or into the three marks of existence: uncertain (aniccā); unsatisfactory (dukkha); unmanageable (anattā).
Through patient endurance the meditator begins to see for oneself the teaching of the three marks of existence inherent in all pyscho-physical phenomena. This insight and the concomitant arising of faith propels the practitioner forward upon the path and it is from this experiential knowledge that the mind awakens, propelling one forward towards the goal of the path: the cessation of suffering.
This retreat will adhere to the traditional and potent vipassanā methodology of the revered Burmese master Mahāsi Sayadaw, passed down to Whit over his many years of study and practice, including intensive monastic experience in Mahāsi Sayadaw’s monastery in Rangoon, Burma.
“The great Burmese Master Mahāsi Sayadaw's approach to meditation is very clear, very precise and ‘to the point,’ faithfully adhering to the method of the Buddha in his own successful search for Enlightenment. Whit Hornsberger's experiences of intensive monastic meditation in Burma, combined with his studies of Yoga and other forms of Eastern Spirituality, have given him a unique ability to communicate to Westerners a classical approach to meditation, one that is deeply rooted in the profound Burmese tradition.” - Lama Rodney Devenish.
This silent retreat will include sitting and walking meditation, daily yoga and dhamma talks along with interviews with the teacher.
Whit, a remarkable teacher particularly of the Burmese Mahasi Sayadaw tradition of meditation, will lead you in a light, clear, knowledgable manner, designed for Western practitioners of meditation. This retreat is suitable for both beginners and advanced practitioners.
Teacher's Program Fee: Dana – the teachings are offered by donation.
Food and Accommodations: $325 to $475 based on selection + dana
Register @ thehermitage.ca/retreats