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October 23, 2017 Monday, Oakwood Retreat, Aaron’s Intro

October 23, 2017 Monday, Oakwood Retreat, Aaron’s Intro

Aaron: Vipassana is a beautiful practice. It’s a way of coming home, and finding out who you are beyond the mundane bodies –  the physical, the emotional and mental bodies. Your thoughts change from day to day, from moment to moment. Your body changes. Your emotions change. Your energy changes. You cannot pin an identity on any of these aggregates. Who are you when you’re not self-identified as the body, the mind, the emotions, feelings of being good or not good, and so forth, who are you? When all of these things pass away, what remains?

The word passana in Pali language means seeing, to see. Vipassana means a deeper, clearer seeing. It takes us past the surface, to really see things as they are. Because you are, all of you, radiant, beautiful beings, I hope it will help you to see yourselves as I see you, with that love and radiance. To know the deeper truth of yourself beyond the unworthy one, the bumbling one, the one who has to get everything right, the weak one, strong one. Who are you?

Vipassana is a path to freedom. I know that from my own experience and my own liberation through this practice. But we do not teach only the traditional vipassana practice. We mix it with what might be called pure awareness practice. With vipassana, we watch objects arise and pass away, arise and pass away. The thoughts, the itch, all the different objects that come. We watch with spaciousness and kindness. We are watching arising and passing away with mundane consciousness. When consciousness is gone, is everything gone? What remains? Let us call it awareness, openhearted presence. So we practice the linear practice of vipassana, and we also practice the immediate now of presence. At the retreat, we mingle the two.

Your path to freedom is a very precious thing for yourselves and for all beings. Your Earth right now is in a tumultuous time: a lot of pain, a lot of friction, fear, confusion. The only thing that will carry you through it is love. Put in the Buddha’s beautiful words, “Hatred never resolved hatred. Only love resolves hatred.” But we can’t say, “Okay, I’m going to love. No hatred here! No anger!” Ah! How do we love when your house has been washed away by a hurricane or burned down by wildfire? When dear friends have been shot by a sniper? When politicians are threatening nuclear war? How do we love? If you did not have the capacity, the innate capacity for this kind of love, I would not invite you to be here for a retreat. But I know— I don’t believe; I know you have this capacity. And because you are here, you have the intention to develop this capacity, to return love where there is fear and hatred. To return calm, centered, clear mind to the places of agitation and confusion. But be careful here: this is not a doing, this is just returning to pure being.

This is the heart of what we will do this week. I look forward to our time together. I love you all very much, and I am very grateful to you for being here. I could talk for 2 more hours or end here, so I will end here, because I want to hear from you at this point. My blessings and love.

Emrich Summer Retreat

Summer Silent Vipassana Retreat

Be a Lamp Unto Yourself

June 13-15 or June 13-19, 2015

Retreat Description:

The Buddha said “Be a lamp unto yourself.” How do we access that lamp and live from our deepest heart and truth, with wisdom and compassion? The primary focus of the retreat is to deepen vipassana practice and gain insight into how to bring what we learn into practice in the world.  We will also include heart centered practices like Lovingkindness meditation. The retreat will be held in silence except for instruction and discussion periods and daily dharma talks.

We also will focus on the simultaneity of everyday and Ultimate experience.  For example, how do we hold ourselves and others compassionately in our hearts when fear or anger are present, and also rest in that place that is truly empty of fear or anger but with no denial of them on the relative level? What allows us to express our deepest inner being and what blocks it? The Entity we call The Mother may incorporate in an optional session one or several afternoons,. to help those who wish to participate  to come into this heart centered space through sharing energy and a few words.

Registration deadline is May 29, 2015

Date: June 13-15 or June, 13-19, 2015

Where: Emrich Center, Brighton, MI

Teachers: Barbara Brodsky, John Orr and Aaron  
with Lisa Zucker

Level: All levels

Cost: $525 for 7 days (6 nights) and $310 for 3 days (2 nights); includes meals and lodging.

Full payment is due June 5, 2015. Your payment/deposit is refundable minus a $25 cancellation-processing fee until May 15, 2015; after that it is refundable only if someone on the waiting list takes your place. 
If full payment is not received by June 5 your place may be reassigned.

Tenting is an option, cost is the same.  All tenters also have a bed reserved for them.

ONLINE REGISTRATION – 7 days (6 nights)

ONLINE REGISTRATION – 3 days (2 nights)

Registration and Information

Check in opens at noon, the retreat begins mid-afternoon Saturday, June 13 and ends Friday, June 19 after lunch. The 3-day retreat will end after the dharma talk on Monday evening. Experienced meditators, with permission of the teacher, may conduct a self-retreat.

The retreat will be held in noble silence, with instructions for beginning and advanced meditators and will include evening talks, optional group meetings and opportunities for private interviews with teachers. Mindfulness throughout the day will be the intention, with alternating periods of sitting and walking practice.

Special rates for young adults:

Deep Spring Center would like to support young adults (18-30) in the cultivation of their meditation practice. We offer them special rates of $115 for the 3-day retreat and $220 for the weeklong retreat. These discounts are given on a first come first served basis. Please contact the retreat registrar at retreat@deepspring.org before signing up online.

Scholarships are available; inquire if you need financial assistance.

Do everything with a mind that lets go. Do not expect any praise or reward. If you let go a little, you will have a little peace. If you let go a lot, you will have alot of peace. If you let go completely, you will have complete peace and freedom and your struggles with the world will come to an end.  Ajahn Chah

 

What is a Meditation Retreat?

A meditation retreat is a wonderful opportunity to experience our own inner being while sharing in the support of others. Mindfulness throughout the day will be a focus, with alternating periods of sitting and walking practice. The retreat will be held in silence, free of conversational talking.

A typical day at retreat includes instruction for beginning and advanced meditators, numerous perious of sitting and walking meditation, optional small group meetings or private interviews with the teachers, optional group instruction or discussion with Aaron each afternoon, optional yogo, a rest or personal periods, and an evening dharma talk.

This kind of retreat may not be appropriate for all people. If you have concerns about your emotional stability under the pressures of a deeply introspective meditation experience, please discuss your concerns with a Deep Spring teacher prior to registering.

If finances are a concern, please let us know. Scholarships are available. Registration fees cover room and board. Teachings are offered on a dana basis.

Insight Meditation

Insight Meditation (vipassana) is a simple and direct practice: the moment to moment investigation of the mind/body process through calm, focused awareness which allows us to experience sensations, emotions, thoughts and consciousness with greater clarity and balance. This frees our mind from conditioned patterns of self-centeredness, negativity and confusion, and opens our heart to deeper wisdom and compassion. This process of opening compassionately to ourselves moves from the sitting period to the whole of our lives. Each moment is practice for our growth toward wholeness and harmony.

The meditations derive from Buddhist traditions but no special religious beliefs are necessary to their practice. Along with vipassana, we will work with the practices of loving-kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity, and with Pure Awareness meditation.

There will be separate instruction periods to meet the needs of students with different levels of meditation experience.

Location and Schedule

The retreat will be held at Emrich Center, southwest of Brighton, Michigan. This 
26-acre retreat facility lies within 5,000 acres
 of rolling, wooded state land. Wildflowers abound in the Emrich meadows; butterflies are around each bend; deer graze on the lawns; the state land holds serene walking trails and beautiful vistas. 
A clean lake offers refreshing swimming just a short walk from the meditation hallTenting is permitted.

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