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Three Stages of Ever Deepening Mindfulness: Essential pointers for unifying meditation practice and daily living, Nelson, NZ

March 29, 2013 March 31, 2013 UTC-8

A Weekend Urban Retreat Open to the Public
Friday March 29th: 7.30 pm. What is mindfulness? How do we cultivate it? What supports deepening mindfulness? What we are learning from the field of neuropsychology.

Saturday 30th: 9.00 am, 3.00 pm and 7.30 pm What are the Four Foundations of Mindfulness? Developing Calm and Insight. What is real Insight knowledge?

Sunday March 31st: 9.00 am and 3.00 pm Teachings on mindfulness and the View of mindfulness and mind from the Mahamudra and Dzogchen traditions.

We are fortunate to have Lama Mark Webber lead us in meditations and give teachings on the many facets of classic Buddhist mindfulness training and as they relate to some discoveries in neuropsychology. He will explain in detail the Buddha’s classic discourse called The Four Foundations of Mindfulness and the necessity having a basis of Loving-kindness. Lama Mark will connect this essential training to the approaches found in the Mahamudra and Dzogchen traditions.

Lama Mark writes: “Without developing a high degree of mindfulness, concentration does not get very strong and for sure, Insight (Vipassana) into the nature of self and phenomena will be scattered at best. Why not allow the natural attentiveness open to conscious awareness? It is quite straightforward—one must train—but mindfulness requires a good deal more than technique. One must really understand where one is headed. To discover the natural mindfulness or lucid awareness, it requires us to make discoveries and relax into non-clinging. Non-clinging is inherent in every moment of awareness. Let’s learn to wake this up. When we deepen this Insight with compassion it’s one of the most intelligent, loving activities we could ever cultivate.”

Cost: Lama Mark does not want money to be a barrier to receiving teachings so there is no set fee. To support him and the Buddhist Centre, be as generous as you can. (Guide : $90+)

Registration Contact: Tiffany: tiffany@rigdzin.org or Lara : laracusdin@yahoo.co.nz

Please note, attendance at these teachings is by registration only. The weekend’s teachings are linked so attendance to only a part is not possible. This is a wonderful opportunity for those of us constrained from attending more secluded retreats by jobs or family to take some time to engage with meditation practice here in Nelson. Please register early as numbers are limited.

Nelson Buddhist Centre
87 Nile Street
Nelson, South Island, New Zealand