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INTRODUCTION TO MEDITATION

Friday 25 - Sunday 27 May 2007

 

Retreat with Leela

SCA resident teacher

 

 

 

 

There are 2 main kinds of meditation: calm abiding (shamatha) and insight (vipassana) meditation. Tranquility meditation brings peace to our minds and this helps us to be more peaceful, relaxed and at ease in our lives. Insight meditation brings understanding of ourselves at increasingly deeper levels. You will be guided towards having insights of your own by the Dharma teachings, during which we will examine the 3 Marks of Existence, which serve as Doors of Liberation. Stepping through any of these doors with deep understanding has the power to free the mind and liberate us from suffering. You will be taught meditation techniques the practice of which increasingly brings more freedom and peace as we get less caught up in the negative thoughts and afflictive emotions that destroy our happiness.

 

LEELA VERITY has degrees in Law and Psychology. She has studied Buddhism and meditation overseas in India, Nepal and France, under Tibetan Buddhist Masters, His Holiness the DALAI LAMA and Lama ZOPA RINPOCHE, and Zen Master THICH NHAT HANH. She is an ordained member of Thich Nhat Hanhís Order of Interbeing, and spends time at his monastery in France every 2nd year, doing retreat and receiving further teachings.

 

Leela is founder and director of SAT CHIT ANAND Buddhist Centre, where it has been her joy to conduct meditation courses, host teachings and retreats for the last 6 years. Her approach is non-sectarian and very accessible to Westerners. She transmits ancient wisdom teachings within a modern context, combining philosophy and practice in an engaging and user-friendly way.

 

WEEKEND RETREAT SCHEDULE

 

Retreats commence on Friday evening and finish on Sunday afternoon. They may be attended on a residential or non-residential basis. The daily programme includes inspiring and illuminating Dharma teachings, sitting and walking meditation with instruction and guidance, space for questions, sharings and practical exercises, as well as Chi gong sessions. The schedule varies according to the specific needs of each retreat. Periods of noble silence are observed.

 

FRIDAY:

Evening session from 19h00 - 21h00 

 

SATURDAY:

Daily programme 09h00 - 16h00

including tea and lunch breaks 

Evening session from 19h00 - 21h00

 

SUNDAY:

Daily programme 09h00 - 16h00

including tea and lunch breaks

 

COST

 

RESIDENTIAL: Price includes 2 nights shared accommodation in lovely garden cottages and delicious vegetarian meals. Dana (you decide amount) for teachers is appreciated.

Residential: R650

 

NON-RESIDENTIAL: Price excludes accommodation, but includes tea and vegetarian lunches. Dana (you decide amount) for teachers is appreciated. 

Non-residential: R400

 

Deposit of 50% is payable upon reservation of place for residential retreats, and balance payable in cash or cheque upon arrival. Deposit to be paid into bank account, details of which will be provided. If booking is cancelled, deposit is forfeited.

 

Plettenberg Bay is a popular holiday destination. It is possible to come early and/or stay after the retreat. Special rates for retreatants participating in our conducted retreats, who wish to stay longer in our self-catering cottages, are R200 per cottage per night.

 

GENERAL

 

SCA is a non-smoking space. Retreatants to uphold the 5 Buddhist Precepts (see Code of Conduct). We hope you can join us on the retreat. You donít have to be a Buddhist, because anyone can benefit from the Buddhaís teachings. Number of places limited, so early booking is advisable: phone (044) 533 0453 or email satchitanand@global.co.za for further enquiries and bookings.

 

J SAT CHIT ANAND namaste to you Buddha-to-be! 

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