AWAKENING THE BODY, LIBERATING THE BREATH
THE POSTURE OF MEDITATION
You are invited to join us for a RETREAT with WILL JOHNSON
March 14th 6:30-9:00pm
March 15th and 16th from 10:00am -5:00pm
@Chalk 593 East Georgia Street (entry at ground level at the corner of Princess St)
Bring any blankets, cushions or props you may need for sitting comfortably on the floor.
Will honors the Buddhist practice of Dana at his retreats, and so in lieu of payment we ask you make a donation at the end of the retreat, to show your appreciation for his service. We also ask that you send a check of $25.00 to cover room rental fees.
TO REGISTER: Checks made out to Trudy Austin and please send to:
Trudy Austin / 1960 Robson Street #501 / Vancouver BC / V6G 1E8
For further information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
We will begin by exploring the three somatic principles that together form the foundation of the posture of meditation: alignment, relaxation, and resilience. Building on this foundation, we are naturally led to explore the Buddha’s culminating instructions on breath: “as you breathe in, breathe in through the whole body; as you breathe out, breathe out through the whole body”.
On the last day of the retreat, we explore the remarkable suggestion of the 11th century Tibetan mahamudra teacher Tilopa, to “become like a hollow bamboo.”
Sitting is the common postural denominator to the many different forms of spiritual practice, and the principles that we will share and explore in this retreat are as applicable to Zen students as they are to Vipassana meditators or to Vajrayana practitioners. Nor is the practice of sitting the exclusive domain of the Buddhist world, and what we will be presenting will be equally supportive to people exploring Christian contemplative practices as well as Hindu yoga practices.
Simply to sit, in a way that affords us greater grace, joy, and release, can be one of the most potent gestures that any of us can ever explore. Gradually, over time, the ideas of who we are naturally become replaced by a direct experience of that which lies deep at the center of all of us.
For more information on Will Johnson and his Embodiment Training philosophy, please visit: http://www.embodiment.net