The Way of Awareness
May 2017

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The Way of Awareness

An Immersion Experience in Mindfulness and Heartfulness

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May 07, 2017 – May 12, 2017
Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
Course:
SM17-1005-995
Teacher:
Will Kabat-Zinn, Jon Kabat-Zinn
Tuition:
$545
Plus accommodations
SM17-1005-995Will Kabat-Zinn, Jon Kabat-Zinn,
Description

Mindfulness is often spoken of as “the heart of Buddhist meditation.” However, its essence is universal. As the Theravada monk and Buddhist scholar, Nyanaponika Thera, put it in his classic work, The Heart of Buddhist Meditation, mindfulness is the unfailing master key for knowing the mind, and is thus the starting point; the perfect tool for shaping [our relationship to] the mind, and is thus the focal point; the lofty manifestation of the achieved freedom of the mind, and is thus the culminating point.

Mindfulness has everything to do with open-hearted attention to the unfolding of experience as it is. In most Asian languages, the word for “mind” and the word for “heart” are the same word. Therefore, we can understand mindfulness better if we simultaneously hear it as heartfulness and cultivate it in that way. During this retreat, we will be cultivating intimacy with our own experience as the days unfold, letting life itself become the curriculum. We will be engaging in a range of formal and informal meditation practices, including the body scan, various forms of guided movement, sitting meditation, and walking meditation. There will be an emphasis on the cultivation of mindfulness in all daily activities to foster a seamless continuity of life and practice. The applications of mindfulness in the face of the full catastrophe of the human condition, including stress, pain, illness, our own tacit assumptions, implicit biases, and the challenges of social inequity will be emergent themes.

The week will be in the form of an intensive retreat that goes beyond the normal Omega schedule. It will include stretches of extended silent practice as well as periods of conversation and dialogue about our unfolding experiences.

More Information

This workshop begins on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. and has extended hours, including early morning meditations and evening sessions.

Faculty recommends you read the following book in preparation for the course:

  • Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Jon Kabat-Zinn is also offering Coming to Our Senses, and is part of the Being Fearless conference, both in person and online.

Schedule

Please note this course begins Sunday at 7:30 p.m. and has a special schedule with extensive extended hours, including early morning meditations and evening sessions:

SUNDAY
4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
7:30 p.m.– 9:30 p.m. Workshop
 
MONDAY
6:00 a.m.– 7:30 a.m. Workshop
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Workshop
7:00–9:00 p.m. Workshop
 
TUESDAY
6:00 a.m.– 7:30 a.m. Workshop
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Workshop
7:00–9:00 p.m. Workshop
 
WEDNESDAY
6:00 a.m.– 7:30 a.m. Workshop
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Workshop
7:00–9:00 p.m. Workshop
 
THURSDAY
6:00 a.m.– 7:30 a.m. Workshop
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Workshop
7:00–9:00 p.m. Workshop
 
FRIDAY
6:00 a.m.– 7:30 a.m. Workshop
9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. Workshop
Noon–1:00 p.m. Check Out

The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty.

The Children's Program will not be available for this workshop.

Dining Hall Hours (Dinner is included on arrival day):
Breakfast: 7:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m.
Lunch: Noon–2:00 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 p.m.–7:15 p.m.

Daily Open Classes in meditation, yoga, tai chi, or movement (subject to availability):
7:00–8:00 a.m., 12:15–1:00 p.m., 5:30–6:15 p.m., 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Teachers

Will Kabat-Zinn leads mindfulness and meditation retreats and seminars nationally and internationally. He spent over a decade in and out of silent retreat, primarily in the Insight Meditation tradition and was deeply influenced by the rigor of his training with the late Sayadaw U Pandita of Burma and the fierce compassion of Chan Master Sheng-Yen of Taiwan. He lives in the Bay Area with his wife and two children.

Jon Kabat-Zinn is the founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he is Professor of Medicine emeritus. He is the author of numerous books on MBSR and mindfulness, currently in print in more than 40 languages. He teaches mindfulness around the world. www.jonkabat-zinn.com