Anapanasati Retreat (Cloud Mountain)
April 20 - April 26
What does a well-rounded meditation practice look like?
- integrates all four applications of mindfulness
- deepens concentration, calm abiding, joy, and freedom
- fosters abundant insights
- cultivates the seven factors of awakening
- leads to “higher knowledge” and genuine liberation.
Such is mindfulness with breathing (according to the original Buddhist teaching).
Buddha left behind a framework for systematic meditation practice incorporating all of the above. Further, mindfulness with breathing serves as a foundation for jhana and the brahma-viharas. What more could one want?
For two millenia, generations of practitioners and commentators down to modern masters have fleshed out the specifics and nuances of practice. In Theravada Buddhism, Ajahn Buddhadasa is prominent among them. I’ve grounded myself in his teaching for over 30 years and often acted as his ‘mouth piece.’
In recent years I’ve experimented with ‘entries’ for each of the domains outlined by Buddha. To make use of the commentarial detail and depth, we need an experiential toehold in each area of mindful exploration. These ‘entries’ have proven to help a range of meditators do so. This retreat will survey Buddha’s framework and introduce as many of the entries as time and circumstances allow.
We will be supported by the standard insight meditation format of sitting and walking meditation, noble silence, simple surroundings, companions, talks and instruction, and practice interviews.