A Weekend of Practice with Phillip Moffitt (Online)
What Does It Mean to Be Available for Your Own Life?
This is a 2 day online non-residential retreat, Saturday December 4 – Sunday, December 5.
In our dharma community, we have grown more skillful in being able to utilize mindfulness both in our practice times and in our daily lives. We’re very fortunate that this is so. However, what often seems to be missing for many students of the dharma is an orientation, particularly in daily life, to utilizing mindfulness in such a way that well-being is more present in our life.
Said another way, what does it mean to be available to life and how does one establish that availability?
This online weekend retreat will focus on directly experiencing the three steps involved in being available: arriving, being available, and aligning. The phenomenon of being available, the felt sense of “available,” when looked at closely reveals that they are both practical applications of availability and also transformative dimensions. In our weekend together, we will explore both the practical aspects and the transformative dimensions of availability.
One area of focus is how important it is that when we are available through mindfulness, that we take the time to truly align with our goals and intentions.
The retreat is preceded by a Friday evening program. In the Friday evening program, Phillip will lead a meditation that will cultivate a direct experience of knowing availability. In the dharma discussion, we will explore how it aligns so effectively with the Eightfold Path in a very practical way.
Details for the Friday program can be seen here.
Phillip Moffitt is a Vipassana meditation teacher, former publishing executive, author, and an instructor at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has taught Theravada Buddhism for over 25 years and served as co-guiding teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center from 2010 to 2018. His teacher, the Venerable Ajahn Sumedho, inspired his book on the Four Noble Truths, Dancing with Life: Buddhist Insights for Finding Meaning and Joy in the Face of Suffering.
Phillip’s most recent book, Awakening through the Nine Bodies, presents his understanding of a set of teachings about the nature of consciousness that were transmitted to him by the Himalayan yoga master Swami Sri Premvarni Balyogi. These teachings are useful to vipassana practitioners who wish to explore in meditation the various qualities and energies of consciousness.
Prior to immersing himself in the study of Theravada Buddhism, Phillip spent over ten years studying and practicing yoga with teachers in the Sivananda and Iyengar traditions. He has written numerous articles about practicing the dharma in daily life for both Buddhist and yoga magazines. Many of these articles, as well as recordings of Moffitt’s dharma talks, can be found on his website Dharma Wisdom.
In addition to teaching meditation, Phillip is the president of Life Balance Institute, which he founded in 1995. In his work at the institute, he trains individuals and groups in the principles of values-based leadership and living with an emphasis on how to skillfully make major life transitions.
Before becoming a meditation teacher and founding Life Balance Institute, Phillip was editor-in-chief and CEO of Esquire and led the successful turnaround of the magazine in the 1980s.
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