Stillness in Motion Shamatha Retreat February 2nd - 5th 2018

“Loosely relax and watch your thoughts from afar, clearly observing whatever arises. That which observes is called mindfulness, or awareness, that which is observed is called movement, and resting in that state is called stillness. Identify them as such and meditate! If you meditate earnestly, stable meditative experiences of the bliss, luminosity, and non-conceptuality of shamatha will arise in your mindstream.”
—Dudjom Lingpa (translated by Alan Wallace)

During this non-residential four day retreat we learn how to develop and enhance our attention skills and how to strengthen our faculty of mindfulness through the meditation practice of shamatha.

There are three techniques that have been found to be effective for people living in the modern world:

  • Mindfulness of breathing
    This technique is particularly recommended for those who have highly discursive minds and find it difficult to remain in the present moment.
  • Settling the mind in its natural state
    We are often the slaves of our mind, under the control of and overwhelmed by our thoughts, emotions and memories. Through simply observing these movements of our mind this technique enables us to become the masters of our mind.
  • Awareness of awareness
    This technique enables us to simply rest within the stillness of our awareness. It also well known for leading us to an insight into the very nature of our mind.

By enhancing our ability to rest within the stillness of awareness we can better observe the movements of our mind. To ensure that our shamatha practice is balanced and effective we will be supplementing it with the practices of loving-kindness and compassion.

Glen Svensson

Originally from Australia, Glen Svensson has been a student and practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism since 1995 and graduated from the seven-year Masters Program in Advanced Buddhist Studies of Sutra and Tantra at the Lama Tzong Khapa Institute (Pomaia, Italy) in 2004.

Meditations

Italic numbers indicate the start- and end-time of meditations.

  • 1—Mindfulness of breathing: throughout the body, and setting motivation for the retreat (14.19–29.06)
  • 2—Mindfulness of breathing: throughout the body (10.07–30.19)
  • 3—Mindfulness of breathing: at the abdomen (53.09–71.0)
  • 4—Loving kindness (22.0–40.28)
  • 5—Mindfulness of breathing: at the nostrils (6.08–21.10)
  • 6—Mindfulness of breathing: at the nostrils (39.56–54.56)
  • 7—Mindfulness of the rhythm of breathing (3.27–18.20)
  • 8—Mindfulness of breathing, and dedication (55.48–68.33)
  • 9—Mindfulness of breathing, and motivation (1.20–16.19)
  • 10—Settling the mind in its natural state (49.0–69.19)
  • 11—Settling the mind in its natural state (19.14–39.23)
  • 12—Compassion (19.49–39.49)
  • 13—Settling the mind in its natural state (5.15–24.45)
  • 14—Settling the mind in its natural state (1.57–22.0)
  • 15—Settling the mind in its natural state (53.0–68.0)
  • 16—Awareness of awareness (1.19–21.00)
  • 17—Awareness of awareness (68.0–83.0)
  • 18—Awareness of awareness (16.42–36.30)
  • 19—Awareness of awareness (59.23–74.0)
  • 20—Tonglen (49.28–69.27)
  • 21—Vipashyana (40.00–55.15)
  • 22—Vipashyana (2.09–17.0)
  • Sorry, the first session of Feb 5 was not recorded.
  • 23—Settling the mind in its natural state (3.24–23.17)
  • 24—Tonglen (32.45–52.34)
  • 25—Loving kindness (1.07–21.27)

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