Nov 27- Dec 1, 2010

Present Moment Meditation Retreat and Teachings

Ven. Sudhammacara

Deer Park is honored to host another series of retreats and teachings led by Venerable Sudhammacara (Ippo Ryodo).

The practice of mindfulness of breathing (anapanasati) on the basis of zazen (sitting meditation) enables us to dwell in the present moment. Awakening from the deluded thinking, mindfulness of body sensation and compassion meditation also lead us to the present moment which is our true home.

This intensive silent retreat will include regular sessions of sitting and walking meditation, accompanied by Dharma teachings and personal guidance.

The retreats are open to both beginners and experienced meditators. (The retreat starts with an introductory talk on the previous evening of the first day.)

Guests and visitors who are not able to attend the whole retreat may attend some sessions only, but are requested to maintain silence around the meditation hall and dining area, to support the retreatants.

Ven.Sudhammacara was ordained in the Japanese Soto Zen tradition in 1983, under Kosho Uchiyama Roshi lineage. He practiced and taught zazen meditation for more than 18 years, including several years spent teaching at Valley Zendo in Massachusetts, USA. In 2001, he took Theravadan bhikku ordination in the Burmese forest monk tradition under Pa-Auk Sayadaw, and trained in shamatha (calm abiding) and vipassana (insight) meditation in Burma and Sri Lanka. Since 2006, he has also studied Tibetan Buddhism under Trulshik Rinpoche. Most of the year, he lives in Kamakura, Japan, where he teaches meditation at his centre Ippo-an (One Dharma Hermitage).

Orientation will be held on 26th of November at 5pm.