Finding a True Refuge

 


Teachers
Greg Scharf
Roxanne Dault

When
September 3-11, 2020

Where
Galilee Centre
Arnprior, ON

Cost
$1005 / $1215 / $1360
Deposit: $505

In a world of change and unpredictability, in times that often feel chaotic and confusing, where do we look for ease and security? Often, in our search for a dependable refuge, we can mistakenly turn to that which is essentially unreliable and unable to provide the stability we seek.

Insight (or vipassana) meditation is the simple, direct observation of the mind/body process with relaxed, open and careful attention. As we connect with our experience from a place of spacious stillness and steadiness, we learn to meet the changing conditions we encounter with greater ease and balance of mind. As our understanding deepens, equanimity in the face of change grows, and we discover a refuge that is to a great extent independent of life’s changing conditions.

This silent retreat, open to both beginners and experienced meditators, will offer guided meditations and instructions, Dhamma talks, chanting in Pali (the language of the original Buddhist teachings), meetings with the teachers, and an optional daily period of mindful movement.

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Teachers


greg scharf, meditation teacher

 

Greg Scharf began meditating in 1992 and has been teaching residential meditation retreats since 2007, including the annual 3-month retreat at the Insight Meditation Society, where he serves as a guiding teacher. In his teaching Greg emphasizes the understanding that meditation is fundamentally an exploration of nature and natural processes. He also stresses the critical importance of bringing the qualities of kindness, compassion, and a sense of humor to practice. Greg has a long-standing relationship with the country and people of Burma (Myanmar), where he trained as a Buddhist monk and where he works with a small humanitarian aid project, particularly targeting education, health-care, and support of Buddhist Nuns. Currently living in the high country of northern Arizona, Greg's love of nature and the outdoors deeply informs both his practice and teaching.

 

roxanne dault 2020

 

Roxanne Dault A dedicated practitioner of Vipassana (insight) meditation for more than 10 years, Roxanne has sat many long retreats in Canada, USA, India, Burma, Thailand and Nepal, spending more than two years in silence in the last decade. Roxanne has completed a two-year Buddhist Study and Practice Program and was part of a two-year Teaching Mentorship with Pascal Auclair and Daryl Lynn Ross. She is currently part of the four-year Insight Meditation Society (IMS) Teacher Training in the USA. Her teaching is influenced by her indigenous ancestry, her many travels and her experience in Somatic Experiencing® for the healing of stress and trauma. Roxanne wants to share her love for the Dharma so that we can all touch the freedom in every moment!

 

Registration Information


 

LOCATION: Galilee Centre, 398 John Street North, Arnprior, Ontario

http://www.galileecentre.com/

Most of the rooms at Galilee Centre are single rooms with a sink. Washrooms are shared.

 

ARRIVAL TIME: 3:30-5:30 pm, Thursday, September 3. The retreat will conclude by lunch on Friday, September 11. Everyone is welcome to stay for lunch.

 

COST: TNI is dedicated to offering affordable rates to all. TNI retreat fees are on a sliding scale basis that allows participants to pay according to individual means. Fees do not include compensation for the teachings, and teachers rely on the generosity of retreatants for a sustainable income. There is an opportunity to offer dana (donations) to the teachers at the end of each retreat. The deposit is included in all of our fees.

 

Sliding Scale:
$1005 - $1215 - $1360
Deposit:
$505