Four Foundations of Mindfulness Retreat

with Richard John

June 2 - 4

Buddha statue

The Buddha taught the four foundations of mindfulness as the essential first meditation practice on the path. Basic to all streams of Buddhism, these methods are essential for developing awareness of one's reality: body, speech, mind and external phenomena.

They are often practiced according to a literal Theravadin approach, but the Vidyadhara taught a subtle version that leads directly to the mahayana and vajrayana. His instructions emphasize the intuitive experience of each foundation. He calls them Mindfulness of Body, Mindfulness of Life, Mindfulness of Effort, and Mindfulness of Mind.

We will practice each foundation in depth during the four main sessions of the weekend--morning and afternoon each day. Most of each day will be in silence, but we will have time for questions and discussion as well.

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Price does not include accommodations, which will be added during the registration process.

Payment Policies:
Karmê Chöling has updated its payment policies. The new policies apply to all programs that start after January 1, 2019. Please read the payment policies before proceeding with registration.

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About Richard John

An early student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Richard served as acharya for Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche for 20 years. He completed the traditional Buddhist three-year retreat at Gampo Abbey, and has taught many meditation programs and retreats in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Richard and his wife Liz reside in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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