Retreats

Memorial Weekend Meditation Retreat

Allan Cooper will offer instructions and support for the retreat.  For more information and to register, please write Allan at: nama1rupa@gmail.com or contact the Lotus Center.

Basic Instructions

The retreat will be a silent practice with little distraction. The meditation instruction is simple but not easy. We train our attention to stay with a simple physical object and train the mind to stay with that anchor, get to know it, and develop continuity of attention. When sufficiently trained the meditator expands the field of observation to any object that arises in consciousness, whether it be a sight, sound, smell, taste, sensation or thought, but always, as much as possible, without concept, without judgement, without manipulation. Just observing in order to understand the basic nature of our experience.

Specifics At The Retreat

Practitioners will be offered chairs or can bring their own sitting cushions. Personal interviews with the teacher are available and HIGHLY encouraged. Bring your own lunch or plan to use a restaurant in the area. For the purpose of supporting your practice, it is best to bring your own lunch. There is a sink and microwave available.

Registration for entire weekend required. Drop-ins invited based on space availability. Retreat offered on donation basis. Recommended donation: $25 - $50. The retreat will be held at Lotus Center, 211 W. Broadway in Silver City.


Your Facilitator

Sayadaw U Vivekananda head monk and co-founder of Panditarama International Vipassana Meditation Center in Lumbini Gardens, Nepal has encouraged Allan Cooper to share the Dhamma as taught in the Mahasi Sayadaw tradition of Theravada Buddhism. Allan has studied and practiced with U Vivekananda and the Venerable Sayadaw U Pandita on many long retreats both in Asia and in North America as well as many long retreats at Insight Meditation Center, Barre, MA. Allan has received teacher training and has also been Sayadaw's kapiya (attendant) on numerous occasions while traveling and practicing in North America.

As a lay practitioner of the Noble Eightfold Path, Allan has been, among many things, a hospice RN and world traveler. His practice and teachings emphasize lay practice as the place where retreat Wisdom can be honed and made useful for self and others. He has written a manual for Home Retreat which is part of the book he is writing, 'Home Practice/Home Retreat: A Householder's Vinaya', and has taught many retreats both in the North America and once in Cambodia.

Schedule

Friday, May 25
5:30 – 7:30 pm – Public talk with meditation instruction, meditation session, and how to best utilize the weekend's retreat.


Saturday, May 26
8:00 – 11:30 am  Alternating periods of 45-minute silent sitting meditations (chairs available) and 30-minute walking meditations.

11:30 am – 1:00 pm – Bag Lunch (BYO) and rest

1:00 – 5:30 pm – Alternating periods of 45-minute silent sitting meditations and 30-minute walking meditations interspersed with instruction.


Sunday, May 27
8:00 am – 5:30 – Alternating periods of 45-minute silent sitting meditations and 30-minute walking meditations interspersed with instruction.

11:30 am – 1:00 pm – Bag Lunch (BYO) and rest

1:00 – 5:30 pm – Alternating periods of 45-minute silent sitting meditations and 30-minute walking meditations interspersed with instruction.


Monday, May 28
8:00 am-11:30 am
- Alternating periods of 45-minute silent sitting meditation and 30-minute walking meditation interspersed with instruction.

The application of wholesome investigation, energy and concentration are basic to any of life’s successes. A meditation retreat offers us the rare opportunity to strengthen these qualities of heart/mind towards our cherished wishes for ourselves. When we apply these mental skills with Mindfulness (Vipassana) Meditation a meditative path opens to us. Retreat environments are unique and especially suited to strengthen the mind with wholesome focus and awareness. Once strengthened, we can take these mental skills wherever and whenever we need to focus our mind/hearts. Our need to focus arises again and again in our everyday world of jobs and relationships, etc.  These skills are vital if we want the inner peace we all seek.

A clear and wholesomely-focused mind is a contented mind.

The beauty of a wholesomely-focused mind is that there is no difference if we apply it in our everyday lives or for our ‘spiritual’ meditation or yoga practices. When we apply focus and wholesome intention towards any activity, we deepen the development of various kinds of Wisdom.

Come and practice in this non-residential, non-sectarian, meditation retreat and further your development towards your own happiness. Vipassana meditation is practiced by spiritual seekers from every religion. No belief in Buddhism necessary.

The only belief necessary is ‘when we train the mind, the mind will be trained’.