Cool Calmness • A Vipassana Retreat July 26-31, 2019
The Hermitage • Denman Island, BC
According to the Buddha, one encounters various mental factors inherent within the mind, both wholesome and unwholesome, on the path leading to the cessation of suffering. The wholesome factors include what is colloquially referred to as the seven factors of enlightenment, in Pāli, the bojjhangas. These are causative factors that support the awakening of the mind.
One of these seven factors is tranquility or passāddhi. The literal translation of passāddhi is cool calmness, a state of mind in which the heat of mental activity and agitation subsides in exchange for the cool, calm and reflective tendencies of consciousness necessary for the arising of knowledge.
Over this retreat period we will apply the time tested vipassanā methodology of the revered Burmese master, Mahāsi Sayadaw. Through the application of mindfulness to all of our mental and physical activity practitioners will observe the seemingly incessant activity of mind followed by the gradual transition towards the state of passāddhi. From the spaciousness of the tranquil mind the meditator provides oneself the opportunity to see clearly the true nature of all psycho-physical phenomena.
Seeing into ultimate reality the meditator observes through direct-felt experience the impermanent (aniccā), unsatisfactory (dukkha) and ownerless nature (anattā) of all phenomena, the essence of vipassanā practice. It is from these insights that transformative wisdom is born, spurring the practitioner forward upon the path leading to the cessation of suffering.
“The great Burmese Master Mahasi 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 along with dhamma talks by 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