Date

19 - 21 Mar 2021

Time

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Tranquillity and Insight – Weekend Retreat

A Journey in Mindfulness to Soothe the Body, Heal the Mind, Restore Balance, and Cultivate Insight

Introduction

The Buddha’s greatest innovation was the unification of shamatha and vipashyana. Before this discovery, contemplative inquiry into the nature of reality had not been linked with samadhi (single-pointed concentration). The Buddha asserted that the fusion of shamatha with vipashyana is the key to liberation – an irreversible healing and purification of the mind. If the bad habits of mind are irreversibly overcome by severing the root of suffering, lasting freedom will be attained.

About this retreat

This in-depth weekend retreat will enable you to gain experience of both shamatha and vipashyana, the way the Buddha himself found freedom. 

We will start with an introductory talk on Friday evening, followed by four retreat sessions on Saturday focussing on methods to develop this stable, clear, calm quality of mind (shamatha.) Then, on Sunday, we will engage in a further four retreat sessions on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness (vipashyana).

Each 1-hour session will consist of partly guided, partly silent sessions, enabling us to be confident in the practice we’re doing but to then go deeper and gain insight without interruption. Only through our own experience will we understand the subtle truths pointed out by these simple but profound techniques.

This retreat is suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators.

I would encourage you to really take this opportunity to engage with this as a retreat, and to the best of your ability, arrange your weekend accordingly. Guidelines for doing this are below.

Guidelines for engaging in retreat at home

It is not impossible to enjoy the benefits of retreat whilst in our usual home environment. While we may not have access to a beautiful secluded retreat location, to the best of your ability, create the most suitable environment for you. For this weekend retreat, I would encourage you to adopt a retreat mindset – carve out a virtual retreat space, let your loved ones know of your intentions, arrange a quiet weekend, and minimise your distractions.

Dedicate time to read books about dharma or meditation, and practice away from diversions and interruptions, and maintain your silence as much as possible. When you must interact with others, try to keep your talk and activity meaningful. The ability to rest in silence is a rare opportunity in today’s world, but one which can bring many benefits, promoting a quieter mind and body and leading to a deeper meditation practice. Between sessions, engage in mindful movement – mindful walking, mindful eating, and coming to terms with what it means to spend time with your mind

What’s Included?

3-day online retreat with Buddhist Teacher, David Johnson
Partly guided, partly silent meditation sessions, designed to help us deepen our practice.
Introductory talks- exploring the theory behind shamatha and vipashyana.
A chance to share and discuss with others
Access to an exclusive Facebook Group for support and interaction with the Sangha.

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Prices & Booking

Pre-booking is essential.

Standard Rate is £45 for the full 3-day retreat. All proceeds go towards the development of future programs and our vision for The Samadhi Retreat Centre. Teachers do not receive any payment for leading group retreats at Samadhi.

Free for Samadhi Supporters.

If you’re unable to commit to the whole weekend but would like to participate in one day or drop in to any sessions, this is possible. Please contact us using the Messenger button on this website. 


Hourly Schedule

Friday 19th March

7pm - 8.30pm
Introductory Talk
Speakers:
David Johnson

Saturday 21st March

8am - 9am
Session 1
Mindfulness of Breathing - Whole Body
11am - 12pm
Session 2
Mindfulness of Breathing - Abdomen
3pm - 4pm
Session 3
Mindfulness of Breathing - Nostrils
6pm - 7pm
Session 4
Mindfulness of Breathing - Dzogchen approach

Sunday 20th March

8am - 9am
Session 1
Mindfulness of the Body
11am - 12pm
Session 2
Mindfulness of Feelings
3pm - 4pm
Session 3
Mindfulness of Mental Events
6pm - 7pm
Session 4
Mindfulness of Phenomena
David Johnson
David Johnson
Buddhist Contemplative and Meditation Guide
David is an experienced Buddhist contemplative and meditation guide who has studied and taught internationally for several years. He is the Co-Founder of Samadhi and a qualified mindfulness teacher, Mental Health First Aider, and an active member of the Association for Spiritual Integrity. His teaching style is clear and practical, and his warm and humorous approach makes him a popular mindfulness teacher. Coming from his own experience, he wishes to help people access the meditations and practices which have transformed his and others lives for generations.

We believe that no-one should be excluded because of low income. Please contact us here if you would like to apply for a funded place. If you would like to support our vision of making these teachings as accessible as possible, please consider making a donation, supporting future groups, events & retreats. Interested to know why there is a charge for this event and what happens to profits? Read here.

Samadhi

Organiser

Samadhi
Email
[email protected]
Website
https://www.samadhi.org.uk

Speaker

  • David Johnson
    David Johnson
    Buddhist Contemplative and Meditation Guide
    David is an experienced Buddhist contemplative and meditation guide who has studied and taught internationally for several years. He is the Co-Founder of Samadhi and a qualified mindfulness teacher, Mental Health First Aider, and an active member of the Association for Spiritual Integrity. His teaching style is clear and practical, and his warm and humorous approach makes him a popular mindfulness teacher. Coming from his own experience, he wishes to help people access the meditations and practices which have transformed his and others lives for generations.

Location

Online (Google Meet)
Online

Tranquillity and Insight – Weekend Retreat

Date

19 - 21 Mar 2021