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Dharma Contemplation
Dates: Apr 14, 2017 - Apr 17, 2017
Days: Fri - Mon (3 Nights)

Instructor(s): ​Bhikkhu Sukhacitto

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The Buddha often said that the Dharma he taught was to be contemplated and practiced. In our contemporary idiom, this means a deep reflection and internalization of the Dharma. In this program, the Dharma Contemplation unfolds in five distinct meditative phases: engagement with the text as simply words; our felt response to the words; the intellect’s response to the meaning; an exploration into the essence and an intimate engagement with how these words touch us here and now. This holistic experience, which takes place in guided group practice, brings a life and relevance to these teachings even for those completely new to them. Mindfulness and concentration grow as we investigate, layer by layer. As well as offering an opportunity for textual study, the practice is fundamentally relational and supports the development of the relational skills of deep listening and wise speech. Outside of the Contemplations and Q & A, the retreat will be supported by silent meditation.

  • Bhikkhu Sukhacitto, born in Germany in 1963, ordained in Thailand in 1989 and lived mostly at Wat Suan Mokkh, Ajahn Buddhadasa´s monastery. He returned to Europe in 1993 and since then he has lived at various monasteries in Europe, the US and Sri Lanka, mostly in the Ajahn Chah tradition. He has trained in and is a teacher of Insight Dialogue meditation; and he integrates his Dharma Contemplation teaching with that approach.