Venue: with Martin Pack
What is Vipassana? Vipassana means to see clearly/beyond, to see the true nature of things as they really are.
Our practice is based on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, training the mind to be aware of the present moment at all times, allowing us to overcome everyday difficulties we find in our daily life.
Vipassana meditation technique
The technique is being taught by teachers from Wat Chomtong. The technique is from the Mahasi Sayadaw tradition and has been developed by Ajarn Tong, the Abbott of Wat Chomtong near Chiang Mai. It is a practical technique enabling you to practice after the retreat and incorporate mindfulness in your daily life. The practice consists of walking and sitting meditation. The course will take you through different stages of knowledge ce. within the practice. The full basic course for first time is 16 days. If you have already done a ‘basic course’, follow up retreats are 12 days only. You can do a full basic course only if you have already some experience in this tradition of Vipassana. Otherwise if you are a begginer we suggest an 8 or 12 days retreat.
Benefits of the practice
Overcoming many personal, mental and physical difficulties, like relationships, work-related stress, letting go of attachments etc.
Constant practice develops insight allowing confidence, energy and effort, mindfulness, concentration and wisdom to arise, in order to help ourselves and others overcome difficulties enabling us to have more compassion for ourselves and others.
Martin Pack has been meditating for more than 40 years. Twenty years ago he came across this particular form of Vipassana meditation and it was a life changing experience.He subsequently spent years practicing in Northern Thailand often going straight from one retreat into another.Soon he was asked to assist in leading retreats by revered teacher Thanat in Chom Thong in Thailand and Phra Ofer in Isreal under the authority of the venerable Ajarn Tong Sirimangalo coming from the Mahasi lineage.In 2008 martin was asked by his teacher to set up a Vipassana meditation centre in the mountainous region of Pai. His years of experience in leading retreats show especially during the ‘report times’ (private daily talks between the teacher and the retreat participants) where he helps the students through their challenges with his compassion, characteristic humour and deep understanding of the processes they are going through. In the last years Martin has also organised and taught retreats in Northern Italy, England, Wales, Israel, France and Austria. www.risingfalling.org
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