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Clearing the Path to Happiness: A Weekend Meditation Retreat


  • The Cenacle Retreat and Conference Center 513 West Fullerton Avenue Chicago, IL, 60614 United States (map)

A Weekend Thaypassana Meditation Retreat with Janice Sheppard and David Haskin, sponsored by North Suburban Meditation Community and Chicago Weekly Sitting Meditation Group.

Cost:  $140-260

“IT IS POSSIBLE TO LIVE HAPPILY IN THE HERE AND THE
NOW. SO MANY CONDITIONS OF HAPPINESS ARE AVAILABLE
— MORE THAN ENOUGH FOR YOU TO BE HAPPY RIGHT
NOW. YOU DON’T HAVE TO RUN INTO THE FUTURE IN
ORDER TO GET MORE."

— THICH NHAT HANH

Our practice provides us with a path to happiness, yet that path can feel difficult to follow, filled with overgrowth, rocks and roots that can trip us up. And, sometimes, we can feel like we’ve wandered off the path entirely. In this retreat we’ll consider what obstructs our ability to feel happiness and how to use the practice of meditation and Mindfulness to clear those obstructions so we can more readily know joy, peace and wisdom.

The retreat format draws from the Mindfulness teachings of Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and from the Theravada Thai Forest tradition of tranquility and insight meditation. You need not be familiar with either tradition to get the most out of the retreat. This retreat is appropriate for those newer to Mindfulness meditation and for experienced practitioners. The retreat will be held in Noble Silence and will include sitting and walking meditation, a Dharma talk each day, group interviews with a teacher and Qigong.

In order to deepen the retreat experience for everyone, we ask that you make every effort to be present from the beginning until the end of the retreat.

Janice Cittasubha Sheppard has been practicing meditation since 1995 and teaching meditation since 2002. She received training through Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Community Dharma Leader program and from the abbots of Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery as a Lay Buddhist Minister in the Thera­vada Thai Forest lineage. She teaches introduc­tory and continuing classes on meditation and leads a weekly meditation group for the Madison Insight Meditation Group. She leads Buddhist practice groups in Wisconsin prisons, and offers a year-long intensive program, Form and Freedom in Theravada Buddhism for individuals seeking deeper understanding of the Buddha’s discourses and meditation practice.

David Haskin has practiced meditation since 1971 and has been a student of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh since 1993. He was ordained into that teacher’s core practice community, the Order of Interbeing, in 2006. David has been particularly moved and motivated by Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings on engaging our practice of Mindfulness as we interact with others and with the world at large. He teaches Mindfulness widely, including to prison inmates, men’s groups, combat veterans and those in recovery from addictions.

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