Six-Week Insight Meditation Course
Developing and Cultivating Mindfulness of Breathing
March 2 to April 9, 2020 (classes: Tuesdays or Thursdays, 7:00 to 9:00 pm,
or Mondays, 2 to 4 pm)
Insight House, 2672 Robinson Street, Regina
Day of Practice
Saturday, April 4, 9:15 am to 4:30 pmat
Sunset United Church, 177 Sunset Drive, Regina
"And how, practitioners, is mindfulness of breathing developed and cultivated so that it is of great fruit and great benefit?" In the Anapanasati Discourse, the Buddha gave practical guidance about how to use breath meditation to follow essential aspects of the path to liberation from dukkha (life's stresses and unsatisfactoriness) that he had discovered. His guidance starts with a brief description of the setting and posture most conducive to providing favourable results. It continues by outlining 16 steps which, in groups of four, sequentially correspond to the four foundations of mindfulness (i.e., the body, feeling tones, the mind, and specific aspects of experience), and which also incorporate the seven factors of awakening (mindfulness, investigation of reality, energy, joy, tranquility, concentration and equanimity). In this course, we will systematically follow this guidance with an intention to develop and cultivate mindfulness of breathing in order to realize as best we can some of its fruits and benefits.
The Day of Practice at Sunset United Church enables participants to sit and walk in Noble Silence with continuity. This provides us with a rare, precious and healing refuge in our stressful world. The conditions experienced are conducive to breathing mindfully and to experiencing the resulting benefits.
This course is suitable for experienced practitioners and those who are relatively new to meditation.
Chris has been practising Insight Meditation since 1994 when he sat his first retreat here in Saskatchewan with Sharda Rogell, the Regina Insight Meditation Community’s Guiding Teacher and his primary teacher. He has since sat numerous retreats with Sharda and other Insight Meditation teachers, in particular Joseph Goldstein, Howard Cohn, Myoshin Kelley, Guy and Sally Armstrong, Brian Lesage and Joanne Broatch. He has been the Community Dharma Leader for the Regina Insight Meditation Community since 2012.
Class-size: Minimum 6 participants, maximum 15 participants.
For registration or information, please call Chris at 306-522-0616 (landline, so no texting capacity) or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost: $35 (covers course costs only; Chris’s teachings are given on a donation basis).
If the fee causes financial hardship, please let Chris know. In this tradition, teachings are freely given. Those who offer the teachings are supported by the generosity of those who benefit.