Insight into causes and conditions is an important aspect of Buddhist practice, permeating most of the teachings, such as Dependent Arising, Karma and the Four Noble Truths. By investigating conditionality in our moment-to-moment experience, we become intimately familiar with our own personal conditioning. We can find ease within these causes and conditions through recognizing the impersonality of their nature – personal insight serving as a doorway to liberating universal insights.
On this retreat, we will first practice stabilizing and nurturing our hearts and minds through metta (lovingkindness) and other mind-calming (samatha) practices. Our practice of vipassana (insight) will specifically explore the many aspects of causal relations within the simplicity of our lived experience. Dharma talks, instructions and practice meetings will support this gradual development.
Participants are expected to observe the eight precepts, if they are able to do so.
Priority will be given to anyone applying for the full month of July or longer.
With Sayadaw U Jagara
July 1-31, 2018.
The Forest Refuge, Insight Meditation Society, Barre, MA, USA.