Saturday, May 16, 2020

Free 10-day mindfulness meditation retreat

Ajahn Sona, May 1-10, 2020, Birken Forest, BC; Dhr. Seven, Ananda (DBM), Wisdom Quarterly

Virtual Mindfulness Retreat (1): More than Just Awareness
Scythian/Shakyian Buddha (Gandhara)
(May 1, 2020) What is Buddhist "right mindfulness" or samma-sati? It differs from what psychology and the world in general are now taking the term to mean. It has two main components of attention and acceptance, attending to what is and allowing it to be. We dispassionately watch and observe without getting involved or entangled in the contents. This is right understanding and right effort, parts of the Noble Eightfold Path, of which "right mindfulness" is crucial.

Talk 1 (of 9) in the 10-Day Virtual Retreat given by Ajahn Sona at Birken Forest Monastery, May 2020. The audio-only version is streamed on Ajahn Sona's podcast:

About the retreat
The Four Foundations of Mindfulness (Satipatthana): a virtual retreat with Ajahn Sona and Ajahn Sudanto. All events (schedule below) stream on Ajahn Sona's YouTube channel (

May 1-10, 2020
(all times PDT, subject to change)
  • 5:30 - 6:40 AM - morning puja and meditation
  • 2:30 - 4:00 PM - sitting and walking meditation
  • 4:00 - 5:00 PM - teatime Dhamma Q&A
  • 7:00 - 8:00 PM - evening puja and meditation
  • 8:15 - 9:00 PM - Dharma talk by Ajahn Sona
Organized by Birken Forest Buddhist Monastery, British Columbia, Canada, and Pacific Hermitage, Washington, Pacific Northwest, USA for the benefit of meditators worldwide. It's FREE. There is no cost to join. Participate in all or some activities, as your schedule permits.

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