“In concentration and serenity (samatha) meditation, we return our awareness to one object of meditation to the exclusion of everything else, thereby collecting and unifying the mind stream. Samatha meditation “builds the muscle” of concentration, enabling us to turn away from the pull of our busy mind—and our electronics—and settle into the serenity of our deeper nature. The practice also reveals with heightened clarity our habitual patterns that cause us to suffer on and off the cushion. As we turn away from these patterns, laser-like awareness can develop into profound stillness, deep joy, and the possibility of meditative absorptions known as jhanas. The teaching is in the lineage of Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw of Burma, considered by many to be one of the leading meditation masters alive today, and is suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators. There will be instructions, meditation, silence, and periods of teaching and questions. Highlights of recent neuroscience research will also be provided.
The day-long retreat will be non-residential, and held on a dana basis.
Kamala Masters, Friday. Feb 1
Mark Nunberg, Wed. May 22
Ayya Santussika, Thursday, June 6
Tuere Sala, Thursday, July 18
Keri Pederson, Sunday, Dec 1
Sit + Teachings will be at the Multnomah Friends Meeting House, 7:00 PM, 4312 SE Stark, Portland, 97215
The format of the sessions will likely include a 30-40 minute sit, followed by a teaching.
All sessions are free and open to the public; however, it is customary for participants to offer their appreciation and gratitude in the form of "Dana"--monetary offerings. In Pali, the original language of the Buddhist texts, Dana means "generosity."
At each session there will be two baskets for Dana--one for the teacher, and one to help fund their visit to Portland.