workshop Rhinebeck, NY

The Way of Awareness

An Immersion Experience in Mindfulness & Heartfulness

Dates

Jun 26 – Jul 1, 2022

Tuition

Member: $500.00

Standard: $555.00

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Cultivate a practice of mindfulness in your daily life with Will Kabat-Zinn and Jon Kabat-Zinn.

Jon Kabat-Zinn on why sitting in meditation is a radical act of love.

Mindfulness is often spoken of as “the heart of Buddhist meditation.” However, its essence is universal. As the Theravadan monk and Buddhist scholar, Nyanaponika Thera, put it in his classic work, The Heart of Buddhist Meditation, mindfulness is the unfailing master key for knowing the mind, and is thus the starting point; the perfect tool for shaping our relationship to the mind, and is thus the focal point; and the lofty manifestation of the achieved freedom of the mind, and is thus the culminating point.

Mindfulness has everything to do with open-hearted attention to the unfolding of experience as it is. In most Asian languages, the word for “mind” and the word for “heart” are the same word. Therefore, we can understand mindfulness better if we simultaneously hear it as heartfulness and cultivate it in that way. During this retreat, we will be cultivating intimacy with our own experience as the days unfold, letting life itself become the curriculum.

We will be engaging in a range of formal and informal meditation practices, including the body scan, various forms of guided movement, sitting meditation, and walking meditation. There will be an emphasis on the cultivation of mindfulness in all daily activities to foster a seamless continuity of life and practice. The applications of mindfulness in the face of the full catastrophe of the human condition, including stress, pain, illness, our own tacit assumptions, implicit biases, and the challenges of social inequity will be emergent themes.

More Information

Enrollment is limited for this program; register early. This workshop begins Sunday at 7:30 p.m., ends Friday at 11:00 a.m., and has extended hours, including early morning meditations and evening sessions, with stretches of extended silent practice as well as periods of conversation and dialogue about our unfolding experiences.

Faculty recommends you read the following book in preparation for the course:

  • Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Things to Bring

Please note that Omega will not be providing yoga mats to borrow, so you must bring one with you or purchase a mat at the Omega Store.

Workshop Rhinebeck, NY

Jun 26 – Jul 1, 2022

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