A fascinating talk on the way "bare attention" became the icon of mindfulness (it's more historic than we think going back to the Mahasi tradition). It's a rich talk and very instructional on the issue surrounding the nature of practice, not only for the issues related to current use of mindfulness.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Sunday, October 27, 2013
A slight shift in our schedule! Given the ever-changing nature of our weather, we've moved the remembrance walk in Beechwood Cemetery up to November 3rd, our next session.
In the Christian tradition, All Souls' Day (Nov 2) is a time to pay respects to those who have died. In Japanese Buddhist traditions, it is the rites of "segaki," a ritual to feed the hungry ghosts (gaki). It is a time of compassion and maitri, being a spiritual friend, to those caught (and even aspects of ourselves which are caught) in clinging and craving.
We will meet in the parking lot of Beechwood Cemetery on Beechwood Avenue at 10AM. For directions, click here. We will proceed in walking meditation from the parking lot to a small gravesite near the south-east entrance. There will be a short talk at the site and we will proceed to another site in the military cemetery for a second talk.
Dress warmly. Please bring a small flower and/or sprig of evergreen.
After the ceremony, we can go to Coconut Lagoon for lunch if you wish.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
We will be studying the Brahma Viharas from Sept-Dec with the support and teachings of various teachers and texts. The practice begins with a grounding in concentration and insight meditation out of which the cultivation of compassion, equanimity, resonant joy, and metta can arise. Folded into this study is a powerful talk by Robert Chodo Campbell and Koshin Palley Ellison of the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care on how to be caregivers in the world. Their talk will lead us into a contemplative practice at Beechwood Cemetery - a very traditional Buddhist practice of honouring those gone beyond and reflecting on our own impermanence. The resources for study are listed at the end of the program.
We hope you will enjoy this practice season and look forward to dropping into the Diamond Sutra in the January-June practice period.
The program is published on the Practices & Schedule page.
Monday, August 26, 2013
Knocking on Heaven’s Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death. This is the story of a family caught in the velocity of a medical momentum which erupts when someone enters the chaotic zone between a good life and good death. It is a heart-wrenching telling of what happens when we unwittingly place our trust in systems rather than people, in hope rather than clarity of thought. It is also a revealing, investigative and hard-nosed exposé of the death-preventing devices we hope would be life-sustaining. Butler invites us to journey with her to the realization that “(t)he honest, natural death is no longer the default pathway.” She begins by bringing us into her parents’ kitchen, sharing a cup of tea with her mother. This is a scene that can evoke memories of sweet poignancy of beginnings or endings; but here, here, there is a different evocation, a different prayer for an ending. Read more...
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Please join us for a weekend retreat at the Galilee Center in Arnprior.
The Heart of Mindfulness Practice:
a weekend retreat with Mindfulness Teachers Lynette Monteiro & Frank Musten
June 14-16, 2013
Practicing mindfulness opens us to a vast array of possibilities in our life. Through our everyday practices, we connect with the habitual patterns of our actions and their consequences. Our formal practice cultivates steadiness and strengthens our capacity to be present to our experience. We cultivate little spaces of steadiness into which we can lean with compassionate intention. The Heart of Mindfulness lies in how we create those spaces. In this meditation retreat, we will practice awareness of body, emotions, sensations, and thinking which come together as full awareness or Mindfulness so that we can experience a calm abiding compassion for ourselves and others.
Join us to deepen your practice or learn how to bring a compassionate quality of attention to our approach to life.
The retreat is residential and at the Galilee Center. It begins with registration on Friday June 14 after 4PM and ends on Sunday June 16 at 2PM.
To Register & for more information, click here.