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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)


FOR WHOM?

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

Please contact us to better acquaint yourself with our reflection practice:
Linda Modaro: linda@satisangha.org  |  Bill Cooper: BellevueDharma@gmail.com


RETREAT FEE
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

LINDA MODARO
Linda Modaro headshotI 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.

BILL COOPER
Bill Cooper headshotI 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.

Testimonials

“Thanks to this gentle and spacious orientation to meditation, I had time to really pause, feel my vulnerability, as well as take in the good. It takes guts to be gentle!”

Another added: “I loved the talks and conversations! They were excellent, insightful and not overly complicated but enabled deep contemplation.”

Online Retreat Testimonials

“This set up allows people all over the world to participate.”

“(I benefited from) creating a space to set aside to deepen the practice; having a set schedule to follow.  During the last half hour of the retreat, both my phones were ringing and leaving messages that needed tending. Afterwards I found myself attending to them in such a different frame of mind – as part of my practice. Having that mind-set is very helpful.”

“Meditators are concerned with the carbon footprint and climate justice. I don’t have to travel so less carbon footprint.”

“All the benefits of a traditional retreat without the multiple expenses of travel, lodging, pet-sitter, time off work, etc.  I was able to participate in this retreat because I could do so online.  I am grateful for the opportunity, and I am pleased that an online retreat, such as this one, is more accessible to people of limited financial means, or who are not able to travel.”

From our recent online retreat: “Journaling and sharing my thoughts has been a challenge for me in the past. On this retreat, though, I found it surprisingly easy to share with the group. Not quite sure why, though…perhaps feeling safe and secure in my home, and thus more willing to be open…? For whatever reason, this online format really worked well for me.”

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