9am to 5pm, Saturday, March 30, 2013
In the McFarlin Chapel at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 2 Westford Street, Chelmsford
Mindfulness of the Body plays an integral role in supporting the development of the Eightfold Path. In the formal practice, through connecting to the sensations of breath and body, the attention gets trained to be present and steady. Through this presence and steadiness of mind, we are able to look at our changing experience and notice what our relationship to it is. We see what brings happiness and what brings unhappiness.
In our daily life practice, Mindfulness of the Body is indispensible in helping us to not get swept away by the fast pace of life. Literally like throwing an anchor out in a storm, the density of the body allows our awareness to connect with it quite easily and serves as a tether to the present moment.
In this day long retreat we will practice sitting and walking meditation as well as speaking meditation, so as to see that Mindfulness of the Body can be a seamless way to develop awareness of the present moment in both formal and daily life practice.
Chas DiCapua has been practicing mindfulness and Buddhist meditation, primarily in the Theravada school, for over 20 years. He has trained with Burmese meditation masters, western monastics of the Thai Forest tradition and senior western Vipassana teachers. In 2003 Chas was invited to be the Resident Teacher at the Insight Meditation Society where he continues to serve in that role. He is interested in how the basic material of our everyday lives, including relationships, can be used as a vehicle for awakening. Chas teaches retreats at IMS, at various centers and sanghas throughout the country, and offers Spiritual Counseling for individuals.
This event is appropriate for both beginners and experienced meditators alike. Participants should bring their own lunch and meditation cushions or benches as desired; chairs will be available. The workshop will take place in the Chapel from 9am to 5pm, followed by an informal tea and discussion.
The workshop is freely offered, however donations to support the teacher and church are welcome.
To RSVP or for more information please contact Tim Little: email@example.com