Starts: Thursday, April 23rd at 5pm
Ends on Sunday April 26th at 1 pm
at the Margaret Austin Center
near Chappell Hill, Texas. The
Description: What do we mean by awakening? If we are following the Buddha’s way, what are we awakening from, and what are we awakening to? During this Insight Meditation retreat supported by Lovingkindness, we will explore the process of awakening from confusion to clarity, isolation to inter-being, self-judgment to self-compassion, ill-will to love, agitation to calm, doubt to faith, and suffering to freedom.
The retreat is suitable for new and experienced meditators. There will be systematic instructions in both sitting and walking meditations, Dharma talks, and opportunities for discussions with the teacher.
A limited number of scholarships are available for the retreat.
The retreat will be held mostly in silence, with formal sitting and walking meditation periods, question and answer sessions, early morning movement sessions, and meetings with the teachers. This retreat is open to all.
Insight Meditation Houston hosts retreats at the Margaret Austin Center near Chappell Hill, Texas and at the Villa De Matel Convent in Houston.
Based in Buddhist philosophy, these retreats are non-sectarian and offer teachings that complement and have the potential to deepen any established spiritual or religious practice. They are held in silence, with alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation. Each day begins with simple yoga or qi gong and includes instruction in meditation, a dharma talk on Buddhist philosophy and ideals, and a period of rest. Retreats at MAC also include a work period such as vegetable chopping or floor sweeping. The instructor will usually offer group or individual interviews during the course of the retreat.