This Retreat is an excellent opportunity to deepen your meditation practice by allowing you to cultivate self-awareness for an extended period of time without distraction.
The retreat will be led by Achan Da and Achan Niphen, both ordained Thai Forest Monks, and meditation masters who have been teaching for decades and who practiced under Thai meditation master Luangpor Teean Jittasubho. Achan Achan Da is currently Abbott of our sister center in CT, and Achan Niphen is Assistant Abbott of both Wat Sanamnai monastery in Thailand, and our center in CT. Michael Bresnan is a licensed psychologist, and has been practicing insight meditation for over 25 years. He is the founder and Executive Director of our MA and CT centers.
The retreat leaders practice and teach Mahasati Insight meditation, which is a form of Vipassana meditation originating from Southeast Asia. The objective of Mahasati meditation is the elimination of mental and emotional suffering through the clear seeing and understanding of the body and mind in the present moment. The practice is based on the teaching of the 20th century Thai meditation master, Luangpor Teean Jittasubho, and uses attention to the movement of the body as an anchor for mindfulness and insight practice.
While the retreat will be conducted mainly in silence, there will also be Dharma talks and question and answer periods. And, as is the tradition with meditation retreats, all attendees will have a private interview period with Achan Da or Achan Niphen, as a further aid to their practice.
Hours of practice during the retreat will be from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM on Friday, 8:30 AM to 9:00 PM on Saturday, and from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM on Sunday. Practitioners may also elect to attend either Saturday or Sunday only. The cost to attend the full retreat is $40 and will include lunch, and dinner on Saturday and lunch on Sunday. This fee only partially covers our costs, so additional donations are greatly appreciated, and necessary for us to keep our doors open. On the other hand, if the fee is a hardship due to one’s present circumstances, it will be waived.
This is a non-residential retreat, meaning participants will return home at the end of each day, or secure other nearby sleeping arrangements. But, the idea is to limit one’s time at home to only the time needed to sleep and have breakfast in the morning, in order to avoid getting caught up in daily concerns.
Registration and payment is requested 5 days in advance of the retreat. Please request a registration form by e-mailing: Michael@cfmim.org.
November 6th, 7:00 PM -9:00 PM
November 7th, 8:30 AM – 9:00 PM
November 8th, 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM