Book Talk: Touching the Infinite

A New Perspective on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness

Rodney Smith
with Rodney Smith

11/18/2017 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM (Saturday afternoon) at Seattle Insight Meditation Center, (2729 6th Ave. S., Seattle, 98134) (Map It)

An afternoon SIMS Benefit with Rodney Smith offering a book talk, short sittings, Q & A and signing of his new book, Touching the Infinite: A New Perspective on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. In the Satipatthana Sutta the Buddha unfolds the central practices of vipassana meditation. Often referred to as the Four Foundations of Mindfulness this Sutta has been interpreted as four ways to establish mindfulness. In his new book and the afternoon talks, Rodney will present his sense of this teaching that the Buddha was not only establishing ways to be mindful but also using the Sutta to encourage a complete shift of perspective, which ultimate points toward the final destination of his teaching. The question that we will engage in this workshop is whether this Sutta is ultimately meant to move us from the solidified shapes and isolating meanings we impart to the world toward the wondrous and formless expression of awareness. 

This event will take place at the Seattle Insight Meditation Center on Saturday, November 18th. Rodney will teach from 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM.  Book signing will be from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM. Suggested dana for the event is $40, which includes a copy of Rodney’s new book. Rodney is generously donating teacher dana to benefit SIMS. (Dana is a term for generosity, or freely offered giving.) Teacher dana can be offered at the event. If you are unable to attend the entire event please feel free to come for the last hour for the book signing and social gathering.  Books will be available for purchase for those attending only the book signing and social part of the afternoon.

No registration is needed. 

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How do the Four Foundations of Mindfulness move us toward the final destination of the Buddha’s teaching? Are we missing an essential component of his message when we only interpret the Satipatthana Sutta as methods for establishing mindfulness? Rodney Smith’s book, Touching the Infinite opens the Four Foundations beyond its traditional interpretations showing how each Foundation moves us sequentially through the displays of form, revealing the true nature of reality along the way, and ultimately opening us to the wondrous perception of the infinite.  This book is actually a practice guide supplemented with many exercises to encourage the full realization of the subject.



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