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Experiments with Wisdom with Doug Veenhof

  • Wisdom's Heart 2 Duncan Street Gloucester, MA, 01930 United States (map)

Experiments with Wisdom: The Buddha’s Four Applications of Mindfulness

Among the world’s philosophies and religions, the Buddha’s great innovation was the development of a system of practice that investigates conceptual wisdom with the empirical method of single-pointed meditative focus.

Calling it “the direct path” to liberation, he taught a comprehensive methodology to probe four misunderstandings that are the root of all human problems. This is the fusion of Shamatha and Vipashyana.

In this workshop Douglas returns to teach the Buddha’s Four Applications of Mindfulness, the empirical science, or Vipashyana, that employs that telescope to attain ultimate experiential wisdom. This is the Buddha’s innovative antidote to those problem-causing misconceptions about the mind and the nature of the world it perceives.

Session 1:  Review of the fundamentals for developing Shamatha, meditative quiescence

·      The essential base of relaxation

·      Balancing relaxation and clarity

·      Developing stability by taking the physical sensations of the breath as your object of mindfulness

·      The role of watchfulness in developing stability and vividness of your attention

·      Choosing a more subtle object of mindfulness to develop more acute attention

·      The space of the mind and the parade of its contents, a powerful object for developing stability and vividness.

Session 2: The First Misunderstanding,  believing the body is constitutes a real, unchanging self

·      Mindful attention to the five sense fields and the impermanence of the parts and functions of the body.

Session 3: The Second Misunderstanding, believing that happiness depends on feelings aroused by illusory objects.

·      Investigating the origination, presence, and dissolution of liking, not liking, and not caring about the objects and people of our experience

Session 4: The Third Misunderstanding: mistaking appearances to the mind to be a real self.

·      Are the thoughts, images, and fantasies that arise in the mind produced by or proof of a real self?

Session 5: The Fourth Misunderstanding:  mistaking events of perception to be real independent objects.

·      Dependent Origination: The entanglement of the body, feelings, and thoughts, and how they create our experience of the world.

$15 donation appreciated.

Earlier Event: October 18
Tai Chi with Bob Arnold
Later Event: October 20
Sweeping Heart Zen