Thai Forest monk and meditation master, Achan Da will lead a one-day Mahasati insight meditation retreat, on Saturday, April 23, from 9:30AM – 3:00PM at the Center for Mindfulness & Insight Meditation. Achan Da has been teaching insight meditation for over 30 years. He served as Abbott of the Thatkong monastery near the Laos border in Thailand, and is now Abbott of the Redding Center for Meditation/Wat Sati-Ma in Redding, CT. Achan Da will be joined by Dr. Tavivat Puntarigvivat. Dr. Puntarigvivat holds a Ph.D. in Religion and Society from Temple University, and is Director of the Institute of Research and Development at the World Buddhist University in Bangkok. He is responsible for introducing Mahasati insight meditation to the United States in 1990, and has authored a book and published articles on the practice.
Mahasati insight meditation uses attention to the movement of the body as a way to cultivate mindfulness. Mahasati does not require the adoption of any religious beliefs, and the retreat is suitable for both new and experienced meditators. Although, people who have never practiced Mahasati before are required to attend the introductory workshop held the evening before, April 22, from 7:00 to 8:30 PM, before attending the retreat.
While the day will be conducted mostly in silence, there will be talks by Achan Da and Dr. Puntarigvivat, and short discussion periods, in both the morning and afternoon. There is no formal charge to attend, but space is limited and advance registration is required. To register, or for more information, email Michael@MahasatiMeditation.org, or call 978-515-7648.