Pali Sources Of Reflection And Meditation
“Consider that we, as humans, have needs: needs for nourishment, for inspiration, for solitude, for the company of others… how we understand and relate to dependence and our need for independence is an integral part of meditation and reflection practice.” – Linda Modaro
With Linda Modaro and Bill Cooper
Thursday, April 4, 2019 – Sunday, April 7, 2019
Spokane, Washington – Kairos House of Prayer
If you are interested in attending, or if you have questions, please email Bill Cooper, visit his website, or call him directly at 425.894.7199 (cell)
We welcome long-term meditators, as well as newer meditators. Anyone who has practiced Recollective Awareness or is new to our orientation towards meditation practice and retreats. Meditation teachers are also welcome.
WHY MEDITATE AND REFLECT?
We believe that you can learn beneficial ways of meditating by seeing how your mind operates within meditation. This kind of “seeing” can be naturally developed through recollection and reflection, whether done in a journal or expressed verbally to an experienced teacher or peers.
Most likely you will have a goal in mind when you come to meditation practice. What is in your mind and heart matters deeply and does not need to be separated out from your meditation practice. Much of the learning comes from your own recognition and insight, rather than from an authority, a tradition, or any dogmatic and rigid way of thinking about meditation. More on this is here: https://satisangha.org/meditation
The charge for the retreat, which includes meals, is a range from $110-$140. There is no charge for teachings, but modest donations are appreciated.
RETREAT TEACHER & FACILITATOR
I started “seeking” in my early twenties. Unsure what I was looking for, I experimented with many eastern practices and landed in traditional Chinese medicine studying and teaching Qi Gong, Tai Ji and Acupuncture for over fifteen years. Taoist philosophy led to Buddhist philosophy and psychology after a near death experience in 1998 and changed the course of my spiritual practice, teaching, and work with others. I trained and worked closely with the teachers in the Skillful Meditation Project and Recollective Awareness Meditation, put together by Jason Siff. Eventually, I had to leave the SMP home, and founded Sati Sangha so that I could continue teaching Buddhadharma and Reflective Meditation. Thirty years of listening, observing, teaching and being taught by patients and students; traveling to China, Nepal, Iran, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Canada integrating aspects of their cultures. I try to hold this all lightly, yet I cannot deny the sense of having ‘a calling’ rather than a job.
I believe Buddhist teachings and meditation practices can be highly useful in modern, daily life, and I’m dedicated to bringing these teachings to anyone who would like to learn them. Going to the beginning of my Buddhist practice, I learned Buddhist meditation in 1981 under the guidance of Matsuoka, Roshi in Long Beach, California. He ordained me as a Zen priest in 1984, and I practiced in the Zen tradition for 30 years, also studying for several years with Jack Duffy, Joko Beck, and Robert Moore (Ji Bong) and their wonderful sanghas. I received inka, authority to teach, from Matsuoka Roshi in July, 1992. I participated in the Skillful Meditation Project Teacher Training program for several years, and during that time I began teaching Recollective Awareness Meditation under the direction of Jason Siff and other senior teachers. I am currently a teacher of Buddhist meditation and am continuing my training with Linda Modaro. I am a licensed psychotherapist (LICSW), and counselor in Bellevue, Washington, where I’ve worked and lived for 20 years.