The Equanimous Heart • A Vipassana Retreat October 19-26, 2018
Re-Green Eco Culture Centre • Seliana, Greece
The mindful practice of insight meditation (vipassanā) is considered to be the direct path laid down by the Buddha himself for the purification of beings, for the overcoming of sorrow and lamentation, for the disappearance of pain and grief and for the complete cessation of all forms and levels of physical and mental suffering (dukkha).
Through the application of mindfulness (sati), concentration (samādhi) becomes increasingly more refined, providing a stable platform for the intimate investigation into the phenomena of mind (nāma) and body (rūpa). Through patient endurance and ardent effort we begin to find refuge within the ever increasing equanimity of the heart-mind, a spacious, unshakable vantage point from which to see into the ultimate reality of our psycho-physical embodiment. Through direct-felt experience insights arise, propelling the practitioner to a compassionate understanding of the laws that govern life and subsequent wisdom capable of freeing each of us from the self-generated suffering of mind.
In this eight day silent retreat we will apply the systematic methodology of the revered Burmese meditation master, Mahasi Sayadaw. Mahasi’s accessible, yet potent, scientific approach to the study of consciousness gives rise to transformative insight into the true nature of the mental (nāma) and physical (rūpa) phenomena, that which forms the bedrock of our human experience.
As knowledge is born that all psycho-physical phenomena are transient (anicca), unmanageable and beyond our control (anattā), attachment (taṇhā) to them dissolves, dispelling the fires of greed (lobha) and aversion (dosa). In the wake of their cessation, the heart-mind becomes spaciously equanimous, liberated from suffering, beautified by insight.
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.
This silent retreat will include sitting and walking meditation, daily yoga practice and interviews with the teacher.
The setting in the mountains of the Peloponnese, Greece at
Re-Green Ecoculture Centre offers connection to nature and the surrounding silence of abundance.
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7 nights shared accommodation in spacious guesthouse with woodstoves.
3 Vegetarian Organic meals per day
Guidance/ teachings from Whit Hornsberger
Use of all facilities including Temezcal natural steamhouse session
Pick up & drop off from Akrata - the nearest beach town
Earlybird registration before 15th August
€490 per person + dāna***
Full Price after 15th August
560€ + dāna***