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Ehipassiko — Come and See for Yourself


Reclamation of the Sacred through Insight & Devotion
Kittisaro, Thanissara
Saturday: 10am–5pm, Sunday; 10am–2pm

May 7, 2016 - May 8, 2016
10:00 am - 02:00 pm

Online registration is now closed.
Walk-in registration is available via cash or check.

Attend their book signing and evening talk, Time to Stand Up on Friday evening.

Our environmental crisis is generated by an obsession with ownership and individualism that obscures the truth of our inter-dependence within a web of life. In a world divided by inequity, racism, and wars, Dharma practice shatters the illusion of dualistic consciousness, offering a new paradigm. This mini-retreat explores the process which generates divisiveness: papanca or conceptual proliferation in service of delusion. The ending of papanca reveals the unshakeable depth and the undivided nature of reality at the heart of all circumstances, revolutionizing our way of being and living — both personally and globally.

The retreat, for contemplatives and activists, is framed within depth teachings of emptiness and merciful compassion embodied by Kuan Yin Bodhisattva, who is a metaphor for our deepest, mysterious heart. It includes Dharma teachings, meditation and inquiry sessions, qi-gong, group process, psycho-spiritual exploration, and the cultivation of inner skills for activists. Besides applying the liberating practices and teaching of mindfulness and insight meditation, we will use chanting and ceremony.

The Saturday & Sunday are meant to be taken as one unit.

*Registration fee does not include teacher support.

Teacher support: Suggested starting donation for the weekend is $45 but whatever you offer is greatly appreciated and no one is ever turned away for lack of funds.  All donations go to support the teacher(s).


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Kittisaro Kittisaro, a Rhodes scholar from Tennessee, was a Buddhist monk in the Forest School of Ajahn Chah for 15 years. He is also a long time practitioner of Chinese Chan and Pure Land in the school of Master Hsuan Hua. He has done a number of year long silent retreats as well as been engaged in running Dharmagiri Hermitage in South Africa and its Non Profit activities focused on local rural community support. Kittisaro is co-founder of Chattanooga Insight and has been deeply involved the last five years in elder care of his aged father in Chattanooga. Kittisaro is currently writing a book focused on the sacred within the journey of life.

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Thanissara Thanissara, originally from London, was a Buddhist nun for 12 years in the Forest School of Ajahn Chah. She has been teaching Buddhism and meditation internationally for the last 25 years. She has an MA in Mindfulness Based Psychotherapy Practice and currently resides & works between the US & South Africa.  She is co-founder of Dharmagiri South Africa, and is currently focused on Dharma and climate action. Thanissara is author of the “Heart of the Bitter Almond Hedge Sutra” which explores the resonances of Colonialism in South Africa and the exploitation of the Earth in the context of the Heart Sutra. Her new book “Time to Stand Up, A Buddhist Manifesto for the Earth” is due in 2015.

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