Insight Meditation Course
Breathing with Full Awareness
September 17 to November 15, 2018 (nine classes: Mondays or Thursdays, 7:00 to 9:00 pm, or Tuesdays, 2 to 4 pm)
Insight House, 2672 Robinson Street, Reginaand
Saturday, November 10, Day of Practice 9:15 am to 4:30 pmat
Sunset United Church, 177 Sunset Drive, Reginawith
This nine-week course is largely based on the Buddha's Anapanasati ('Mindfulness of Breathing') discourse that, at its core, outlines 16 steps, which — if and when followed with diligence and regularity — have the potential to calm our busy minds, reduce our levels of stress, and ultimately free us from our suffering. These 16 steps are based on something we all do all the time for as long as we are alive ..... breathe! The steps are progressive, and are divided into four stages that take us from i) simply knowing the changing qualities of our breathing to ii) developing full awareness of our most immediate responses to our moment-to-moment experiences, to iii) exploring our states of mind, and finally to iv) wisely understanding the way things are in our lives.
Seasoned meditators will recognize that these four stages mirror the Four Foundations of Mindfulness described in the Buddha's Satipatthana Sutta, which gives essential guidance for Insight Meditation, the Foundations being mindfulness of i) the body, ii) feeling tones, iii) the mind, and iv) categories of experience. The Anapanasati Sutta gives us pragmatic, methodical and always-available ways in which we can put this guidance into practice!The Day of Practice at Sunset United Church enables participants to practise the 16 steps in their four stages with more continuity than is possible in the weekly classes.
The course is suitable for beginners and long-time meditators alike. Everyone who registers for this course is asked to commit to attending all nine classes and the Day of Practice. This commitment reflects our warm regard and support for ourselves, for our fellow-participants, and for the teachings.
Chris has been practising Insight Meditation since 1994 when he sat his first retreat in Saskatchewan with Sharda Rogell, the Regina Insight Meditation Community's (RIMC) Guiding Teacher and his primary teacher. He has since sat numerous retreats with Sharda and other Insight Meditation teachers, in particular Joseph Goldstein, Howard Cohn, Myoshin Kelley, Guy and Sally Armstrong, Brian Lesage and Joanne Broatch. He has been the Community Dharma Leader for the Regina Insight Meditation Community since 2012.
Class-size: Minimum 6 participants, maximum 12 participants
For registration or information, please call or text
Debbie Weber at 306-551-7899 or email her at email@example.com
Cost: $40 (covers course costs only; Chris's teachings are given on a donation basis)
If the fee causes financial hardship, please let Debbie know.
In this tradition, teachings are freely given. Those who offer the teachings are supported by the generosity of those who benefit