Concentration is one of the 5 strengths of Buddhist practice (along with faith, energy, mindfulness and wisdom). How concentrated is your mind?
On August 4th, join InsightLA Senior Teacher Melissa McKay for a non-residential weekend retreat devoted to developing concentration and thereby, a steady and peaceful mind.
A Steady, Peaceful Mind
Our minds aren’t naturally concentrated. It takes intention and practice to develop concentration as a habit of mind. Doing so brings great benefit to our efforts in the world. When our attention is focused versus scattered our work is more effective, our creative capacity broadens and deepens, we listen better and feel more connected and at ease in our life.
Concentration also benefits our spiritual development. When the mind is concentrated, the negativity of the mind is held at bay, making us serene, tranquil, joyful, and able to see more clearly. A concentrated mind is quiet, clear and luminous, ripe for blissful states of consciousness.
Who is this retreat for?
This non-residential retreat is for anyone who would like to work on developing concentration, tranquility, joy, and bliss. We will learn about the 40 different concentration objects that the Buddha taught.
Expect both sitting and walking meditation practices, dharma talks, and space for optional sharing and discussion.
Participants are welcome to sign up for one or both days of this retreat. The schedule is as follows:
- 6-7:30pm Introduction and Talk
- 7:30-7:45 Stretch
- 7:45-8:30 Meditation
Saturday and Sunday:
- 6-6:45am Optional meditation at home
- 6:45-8 Breakfast at home
- 8:30-9:30 Guided meditation
- 9:30-10:15 Walking meditation
- 10:15-11 Sitting meditation
- 11-11:30 Walking meditation
- 11:30-1pm Lunch and rest
- 1-2 Sitting meditation
- 2-2:45 Walking meditation
- 2:45- 3:30 Sitting meditation
- 3:30- 4 Tea and optional talking
- 4-5 Questions and Discussion
- 5-9 Optional home practice on Saturday night
Where is this retreat located?
Attendees are encouraged to carpool, as there is limited parking. To offer or join a ride, please click here.
Please note: In keeping with the principles of the dharma that underlie our activities, primarily non-harming, we are requiring that all attendees be fully vaccinated in order to attend in-person. Masks are optional as all attendees are fully vaccinated. Attendance is limited to allow for social distancing. We will mostly be outdoors.
Max Capacity: 35
“Melissa is one of the most experienced practitioners of the new generation of teachers.” -Jack Kornfield
“Melissa is so obviously immersed in the teachings and shares them with such grace and eloquence. She makes herself so accessible and genuinely cares about her students. I felt so held in the light of her awareness.” -Anonymous Student
“Melissa is a thoughtful teacher known for her deep care of students and skillfulness in making esoteric teachings accessible and relatable to modern day living.” -Lodro Rinzler (author and teacher)
InsightLA is running a Food Bank Program to offer our community the opportunity to support the Westside Food Bank and help folks dealing with low-income living and/or experiencing houselessness. To participate please click here.