Day Retreat with Taravandana - The Four Foundations of Mindfulness

Day Retreat with Taravandana - The Four Foundations of Mindfulness

Sunday 13 February 10am – 4pm

“Monks and Nuns, this is the direct path for the purification of beings, for the surmounting of sorrow and lamentation, for the disappearance of dukkha and discontent, for acquiring the true method, for the realization of Nibbana namely, the four Satipatthanas”  The Buddha

During these 2 days we will explore the Four Foundations of Mindfulness (Satipatthanas) as originally taught by the Buddha and then throughout history in every Buddhist tradition down to the present day in Triratna. These teachings are the basis of all our teachings on awareness including the mindfulness of breathing and secular mindfulness training. 

The Four Foundations are mindfulness of: 

  • Rupa: Body
  • Vedana: Feeling
  • Citta: Thoughts and emotions
  • Dhammas: The path to realization/Nibbana

We will explore:

On 13th February:  An introduction to Satipatthana and mindfulness of the body and feeling (Book from this page)
On 27th March: Mindfulness of thoughts and emotions and turning towards glimpses of realization in our experience. (Please book again from the page for 27th March)

We will be meditating, reading and studying from the Satipatthana Sutta text, discussing our own experiences of practicing mindfulness 

Outline Programme for 13th February

10.15 Arriving for a drink 
10.30 Welcome and introductions 
10.45 Meditation: Body scan 
11.00 Introduction to Satipatthana: 4 Foundations of Mindfulness 
11.30 Break
11.50 Awareness of the body (rupa):  Talk and Meditation 
12.30 Sharing our experience 
12.45 Lunch (Please bring vegan/veggie food to share)
14.00 Awareness of feeling (vedana); Talk and meditation 
15.00 Break 
15.15 Sharing our experience 
15.45 Just sitting 
16.00 Close

This Day Retreat is open to all those who have a regular meditation practice or who have joined one of our Introductory Courses.

Booking is essential. There is no set charge but we would appreciate a donation either when you book (online - see our donations tab) or on the day. We suggest something in the region of £10-£15 for each day

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Booking is free but we would appreciate a donation either now (online - see our donations tab or on the day). We suggest something in the region of £10-£15 for the day