The joy of retreat

This discussion session took place during the Four Establishments of Mindfulness Winter Retreat in 2013. More extensive teachings on the establishments of mindfulness can be found here.

  • Clarification on properly doing the skeleton meditation
  • Examining our feelings, how they get triggered, and the afflictions that lies behind them
  • Learning to recognize neutral feelings
  • Investigating beauty and how the mind imputes qualities upon objects
  • The importance of context in viewing the body as the basis for this precious human life versus the wish to be free of existence as an embodied being
  • Using mindfulness of phenomena to investigate thoughts and emotions to determine which are beneficial for practice

Venerable Thubten Chodron

Venerable Chodron emphasizes the practical application of Buddha’s teachings in our daily lives and is especially skilled at explaining them in ways easily understood and practiced by Westerners. She is well known for her warm, humorous, and lucid teachings. She was ordained as a Buddhist nun in 1977 by Kyabje Ling Rinpoche in Dharamsala, India, and in 1986 she received bhikshuni (full) ordination in Taiwan. Read her full bio.

More on this topic