Spirit Rock Meditation CenterSpirit Rock Meditation Center is dedicated to the teachings of the Buddha as presented in the vipassana tradition. The practice of mindful awareness, called Insight Meditation, is at the heart of all the activities at Spirit Rock. We provide silent meditation retreats, as well as classes, trainings, and Dharma study opportunities for new and experienced students from diverse backgrounds with a willingness to develop their own practice.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center is a spiritual education and training institution whose purpose is to:
* Bring people to a depth of realization of the Buddha's path of liberation through direct experience.
* Provide the community of practitioners with inspiration and teachings to integrate and manifest wisdom and compassion in all aspects of their lives, for the benefit of all beings.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center is intended to be a place that always looks in two directions: inward and outward.
Inwardly, we need settings where we can renew our connection to ourselves, to nature, and to life itself through silence and mindful attention. And outwardly, the modern world is in crisis on many fronts: environmental, economic, political, and psychological. Today, as always, the world needs more voices of understanding, more acts of generosity, and more peace. Through the practice of mindfulness and insight meditation (vipassana), we help individuals find peace, compassion, and wisdom, and support everyone in taking those qualities into the world.
Spirit Rock as a living mandala (a circle) whose central inspiration is the dharma, the deepest truth of life, beyond words and concepts. The outer expressions of the mandala are both reflections of the dharma and paths leading back to the dharma. The outer expressions, which are interdependent and support one another, include our programs and trainings in retreats, wise relationship, study, hermitage, service, and spiritual practices in the world. See more events in this venue
DescriptionThe cultivation of awareness in the body, which the Buddha taught as the First Foundation of Mindfulness, opens the doorway to wisdom and compassion. In this retreat, we explore the body through sitting and walking meditation and guided movement classes. We investigate how the body can be a portal to skillfully working with difficult emotions. We concentrate on developing mindfulness of the body in order to be more comfortable in and knowledgeable about our bodies. And we work with body awareness to make sitting more focused and enjoyable and as a means to strengthen insight. Practicing mindfulness of the body allows us to become more sensitized to the subtleties of our physical sensations and we can become aware of various energetic experiences. From the perspective of dharma practice, the body can be a great source of insight into how we cling and sometimes act as our own worst enemy. Guided meditations will include instructions in body sweeping and investigation of the nature of sensations. There will be two guided movement meditation sessions each day, dharma talks and meetings with the teachers. Both new and seasoned meditators are welcome. This retreat will be held in noble silence, with opportunities for small group interviews with the teachers, dharma talks and instructions in both Insight Meditation (vipassana) and qigong. Two qigong sessions will be offered. Spirit Rock extends a special invitation to young adults (age 18-26) who wish to attend this retreat at a rate of $25 per night, on a first come, first serve basis. A limited number of special rates are available, please apply early.
In this retreat, we explore the body through sitting and walking meditation and guided movement classes.