Ideally the ultimate retreat is to retreat from the past and the future, to always remain in the present. However our mind is so empowered and controlled by habit all the time. One characteristic of habit is not being able to sit still, not being able to remain in the present. This is because being in the present is so scary, so boring and unbearable for our deluded and spoiled mind. Little do we know that actually being in the present is so exciting and the most liberating from all kinds of pain, suffering and anxiety. We sentient beings like to be free from all these things, but we always end up diligently creating more and more causes and conditions to have this pain, suffering and anxiety.
- Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse
The practice of Buddhist meditation allows us to uncover and experience our natural heritage of wisdom though cultivating insight or vipashyana. It is to establish a peaceful space of presence and mindfulness, allowing us to awaken a calmer and wider appreciation of our reality. A retreat is an invaluable moment of clarifying and re-affirming our commitment to the vision and path of meditation. Jakob Leschly will lead the retreat, offering general instruction and individual interviews.
Siddhartha's Intent Australia is offering four retreats around Australia in 2017:
- Adelaide Vipashyana Retreat: 13-18 April, 2017 .... Retreat over
- Blue Mountains Vipashyana Retreat: 25-30 August, 2017 click here - Registration now open
- Northern Rivers Vipashyana Retreat: 28 September - 8 October, 2017 ... click here - Registration now open
- Melbourne Vipashyana Retreat: 20-22 October, 2017