This day long retreat is led by Matthew Daniell and held in Newbury, MA.
Could you use a little more relaxation in your meditation practice? In your life? Kilung Rinpoche in his book, ‘The Relaxed Mind,’ leads us through meditations that may have a unique contribution to what it means to be ‘relaxed.’ The approach is based in mindfulness, but also draws deep inspiration from Tibetan Buddhist wisdom, and is secular in its instructions. It emphasizes both ease, and relaxation, but also clarity. It is designed to help us to undercut habits of making ourselves and others ‘right and wrong,’ and unlock a deep abiding capacity in ourselves for compassionate presence and relaxed wakeful ease. In this retreat we will be guided through exploring for ourselves the fifth through seventh meditations, along with time for discussion. We will begin with a foundation of connected ease found in the first four meditations and then expand to emphasize deeper levels of relaxation, connectedness, compassion and effortless wisdom. This offering will complement the earlier retreat, emphasizing meditations one through four, but is an independent offering and has integrity based on the way it will be presented here all on its own. Our guiding teacher, Matthew, has been authorized to teach this approach. No previous experience with these meditations is necessary. If interested, the reading Kilung Rinpoche’s book would be a wonderful complement to the retreat, but is in no way required.