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"In truth we are always present; we only imagine ourselves to be in one place or another."
—Howard Cohn

Awareness, Insight and Liberation
Steve Armstrong, Kamala Masters, Deborah Ratner, Vance Pryor
Wednesday, May 10, 3:00pm - Wednesday, May 17, 11:30am
upper Retreat Hall
$1725 - $785 sliding scale, plus a donation to the teacher(s) and retreat staff. Code 258R17.
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NOTE: A limited number of Young Adult rates are still available. All other scholarship funds for this retreat have been allocated.
If you are interested and need financial assistance, we may have a work exchange available.



This retreat, suitable for both new and experienced meditators, will integrate the precise meditation instructions of Mahasi Sayadaw with the practical awareness-oriented guidance of Sayadaw U Tejaniya, both highly skilled monastic teachers from Burma. The course teachers will offer a clear path for developing clarity of awareness with each arising moment. This leads to stability of mind and the insightful knowledge of liberation. Relaxed, persevering continuity of mindfulness allows us to recognize each moment's experience, and leads to insightful understanding of the natural order of all things. Such knowledge weakens deeply conditioned habits of mind that cause unhappiness, and strengthens conditions for an enduring sense of well-being. Liberation is the mind released from mental states that result in suffering to oneself and others.

The retreat will be held in Noble Silence, and will include comprehensive guidance for continuous awareness in all activities. Each day will include scheduled periods for sitting, walking, chanting, meals, work-as-practice, Dhamma talks, Q&A, group and individual practice discussions, and opportunities for self-scheduled practice in one's own rhythm.

People of all walks of life are warmly welcome.

Spirit Rock extends a special invitation to young adults (age 18-26) who wish to attend this retreat at a rate of $35 per night, on a first come, first serve basis. A limited number of special rates are available, please apply early.

For more information about Hemera Foundation Scholarships: ONE scholarship allowed per person, per calendar year.

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Also remember that the cost above is priced as a sliding scale. Please pay at the highest level of the sliding scale that you can afford. This allows others who need to pay less the opportunity to attend. Fee is for room and board. Teaching and staffing of the retreats is by donation at the end of the retreat. For more information, see Retreat FAQ.

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