Ajahn Thanissaro in Bellingham: two days, non residential retreat at Bellingham Insight.
Mindfulness and Concentration: A Meditation and Study Course with Thanissaro Bhikkhu
September 11th & 12th, 2010, 9AM – 4PM
Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St. Bellingham, WA
The Teacher: Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff) has been a Theravada Buddhist monk since 1976. After studying in Thailand with Ajaan Fuang Jotiko for ten years, he returned to the U.S. in 1991 to help found Metta Forest Monastery in the mountains north of San Diego where he is currently Abbot. Thanissaro Bhikkhu’s writing includes The Paradox of Becoming, The Mind Like Fire Unbound, and The Wings to Awakening. He has also translated many meditation guides by Thai forest masters as well as numerous scriptural texts from the Pali canon.
The Topic: Mindfulness and concentration are two qualities essential to training the mind for the sake of release from suffering. At present they are often taught as two separate, even antithetical, practices, but the Buddha taught them as two elements in a single, unified practice. This course – through readings, discussions, talks, and meditation – will explore the Buddha’s teachings on this topic and the ways that mindfulness and concentration can support each other in our own practice.
Cost: $30.00 for BIMS (Bellingham Insight Meditation Society) pledge-members/$40.00 non-members, plus an opportunity to offer dana (donation) to the Metta Forest Monastery. For information on becoming a BIMS-pledge member please visit us online at http://www.bellinghaminsight.org/
Food: There will be an hour and a half break for lunch. Feel free to bring your lunch or eat out. Tea will be provided. Please note: there will be an opportunity to offer food for the monks at mealtime. If you wish to offer dana at this time, please bring a small amount of food to share with the monks.
Early registration is suggested. Space is limited and we expect this course to be full.