The Westchester Buddhist Center’s Fifth Annual Retreat
An Exploration of the Depth and Variety of Meditation Experience
February 10-17th 2017 at Garrison Institute
Posted 9 December 2016.
The secular mindfulness movement has resulted in a widespread awareness of the value of meditation. In addition, these benefits have been affirmed by science: reduced stress, improved concentration, and an overall sense of well-being. But there is more to the story. Not only does meditation provide tools to help us deal with life’s challenges, but it helps us cultivate a greater appreciation of our humanity and the world we occupy, and the subtlety of experience that’s possible. The practice of meditation is an ever-evolving process of going deeper as our practice matures and insight unfolds.
This year’s retreat will focus on the dynamics of meditation practice – what it is, what are its main varieties, how each of them functions and how each can serve as a means for understanding and transforming our minds. To do this, we will spend some time each day exploring one of a range of traditional meditation practices, examining how each has its own particular flavor and function. At the same time, we will maintain continuity and develop depth in our practice by focusing most of the day on our own traditional technique.
Our exploration will include ... [ read more about the retreat here ]