Online: Meditating With the Elements – A Weekend Workshop 

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Online: Meditating With the Elements – A Weekend Workshop
with Bodhipaksa
Saturday, April 17th and Sunday, April 18th, 2021 | 9:30am – 1:00pm ET

As the poet John O’Donohue said, “It is a strange and magical fact to be here, walking around in a body, to have a whole world within you and a world at your fingertips outside you.”

On this weekend workshop Bodhipaksa offers us a rare opportunity to explore the Six Element Practice — a beautiful form of insight meditation taught by the Buddha himself. This reflective practice gently encourages us to question limited assumptions we hold about who and what we are, leading us toward a more open, expansive sense of ourselves. It helps us to connect the world within and the world outside, so we can recognize that they are in reality one non-dual reality.

Exploring the earth, water, fire, and air elements helps us to see that our physical selves are neither static nor separate from the world around us, but are instead an ever-changing and dynamic part of that world. Exploring these elements reveals that what we call the body is simply the universe flowing through itself, just as an eddy in a river is simply water dancing within water.

Exploring the space element reveals to us how our sense of separateness is, as Einstein put it, “an optical illusion of consciousness.” Reflecting on the space element we can begin to see that there is no us “in here” that is distinct from a world “out there.”

Exploring the consciousness element helps us to recognize the processes that cause us to create a sense of separateness, so that we can further let go of our dualistic sense of there being a separate self and other. Having done that we can simply *be* — resting calm, spacious, compassionate, and free.

The beautiful and astonishing thing about the Buddha’s Six Element Practice is that it takes what might first seem like mere poetic concepts and turns them into realities we see and feel in the heart. This meditation practice is a radical and practical path leading to a liberating sense of non-dual awareness.


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Bodhipaksa is a teacher of meditation and Buddhism, known for his accessible and down-to-earth approach to practice. Born in Scotland, he now lives in New Hampshire and has two children. He’s the author of several books, including “Wildmind: A Step-By-Step Guide to Meditation,” “Living as a River,” “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha,” and “This Difficult Thing of Being Human.” He is also the author of many guided meditation CDs and audiobooks, and is the founder of Wildmind (, a prominent online meditation center.

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