Clear Sky Meditation Retreat by Ven. Sudhammcara
his ‘Clear Sky Meditation Retreat’
, people are given the instructions based o
n the One Dharma Meditation Method compiled by Ven. Sudhammacara. It consists of three kinds of practice: mindfulness of subtle body sensation, compassion meditation and ana-pana sati (mindfulness of in-breath and out-breath).
By being aware of our subtle body sensation, we will find "subtle body" which exists under our ordinary physical body. I
n this new dimension
e also find real compassion and true mindfulness, W
e gradually uncover
in ourselves which
we have missed for a long time because of
our deluded, non-stop thinking. We go back to our true home with peace and joy after traveling abroad painfully so many years. In the end, we are finally discovering who we
These intensive silent retreats will include regular sessions of sitting and walking meditation, accompanied by Dharma
and personal guidance. The retreat is
open to both beginners and experienced meditators.
The retreat will also include Yoga classes which are led by Reiko Azuma, who has been teaching Yoga in Ven. Sudhammacara's meditation retreats.
Guests and visitors who are not able to attend the whole retreat may attend some sessions, but are requested to maintain silence around the meditation hall and dining area, to support the retreatants.
Teacher: Ven. Sudhammacara
Ven.Sudhammacara was ordained in the Japanese Soto Zen tradition in 1983, under Kosho Uchiyama Roshi lineage. He practiced and taught Zen 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 been exposed to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Now he calls himself One Dharma Buddhist monk.
Ven. Sudhammacara has been a regular visiting teacher at Deer Park, where he offers mindfulness meditation retreats, since autumn 2007. Most of the year, he lives in Kamakura, Japan, where he teaches meditation at his centre Ippo-an (One Dharma Forum). He also leads meditation retreats in several sacred places (Kyoto, Kudaka-jima and Mitake-san) in Japan.
Ven. Sudhammacara brings experience from the Japanese Zen tradition, the Theravada forest tradition of Burma, and the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Ven.Sudhammacara's vast experience has shown him the pitfalls of commonly practiced meditations. His careful avoidance of Buddhist terms that can easily slip into jargon, makes retreatants rethink or let go of Buddhist conceptualisations (that many often automatically rely on, thinking they already understand the meaning without renewed consideration).