Anāpānasati is the 16-stage meditation practice taught by the Buddha, which the Mindfulness of Breathing we practice regularly is loosely based on. Starting with mindfulness of the breath that we are familiar with, the practice takes us continually deeper into more the subtle aspects of out experience: moving through mindfulness of the body and its feelings, followed by the mind and its objects, and ultimately onto reality itself.
We will spend most of the time on the weekend learning and practicing the meditation, interspersed with silent breaks and short pūjās. Depending on numbers there may be some discussion either in small groups or one-on-one, but otherwise each day will be almost entirely in silence.
Anyone who has learned the mindfulness of breathing is welcome. However, due to the more advanced nature of the practice the weekend will be best suited to those who have an established daily meditation practice.
"Monks, this is the direct path for the purification of beings, for the surmounting of sorrow and lamentation, for the disappearance of dukkha and discontent, for acquiring the true method, for the realisation of nibbāna.” - The Buddha
Note: Dhammakumara was originally going to lead this retreat, but owing to current travel restrictions he can no longer come to New Zealand. Suvarnadhi and Vajrajyoti are now leading instead.
$120 waged or $80 low or unwaged
381 Richmond Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland
Suvarnadhi is currently on the team managing the Auckland Buddhist Centre and has been practicing within the Triratna Buddhist Community since 2008. …
Vajrajyoti has been actively involved in the Auckland Buddhist Centre since 2000 when she moved to Auckland from a women's retreat centre in Wales. …