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MEDITATION WORKSHOP WITH SANTIKARO: The Wonderful Diversity of Mindfulness

  • Ebenezer Church 1650 West Foster Avenue Chicago, IL, 60640 United States (map)

This half day workshop is open for registration. Cost: $15.



Mindfulness or sati in the original Buddhist teachings is understood to provide essential functions for spiritual life. These can be summarized as Remembering, Guarding, Noting, Giving Attention To, and Holding in Mind. Through a serious of guided practices followed by discussion, we will explore these functions (skills) and how they support all aspects of spiritual practice. A practice that clearly involves 1 or 2 of the functions (skills) will be followed by conversation about how that functions works and how it can be strengthened as a skill.

These various functions play important roles in cultivating the ennobling eightfold path, whether during meditation or mindful living the rest of the time. The aim of this workshop is to provide a more well-rounded understanding of sati so that the appropriate skills are more present when needed. Further, this understanding will help you evaluate the various claims being made about mindfulness these days. Lastly, you will have a better chance of cultivating the mindfulness you need for strengthening the path of non-suffering.


The workshop will be guided by Santikaro, a longtime student, assistant, and translator of Ajahn Buddhadasa Bhikkhu, a leading Thai teacher, scholar, and reformer of Theravada Buddhism. Santikaro trained with Buddhadasa Bhikkhu at Suan Mokkh in Southern Thailand. His training continues here in the Midwest, where he is co-founder along with his wife Jo Marie of Kevala Retreat, a modern expression of Buddhist practice, study, and social responsibility, located in rural southwestern Wisconsin. Since his return "home" in 2000 he has been teaching in the Chicago area, around the Midwest, and further afield. Life's vicissitudes have given him some acquaintance with cancer, trauma, addictions, deforestation, joy, and other challenges that he explores regularly. To learn more about our teacher Santikaro and his Dhamma refuge in southwestern Wisconsin, please visit the Kevala Retreat website.


The registration fee is $15 to cover expenses. For Santikaro's effort & teaching, dana (goodwill donation) is gratefully accepted. All dana supports Kevala Retreat and Santikaro’s work. To register, click here.


There is no parking lot, but unmetered parking is available on the side streets just north of the church. The entrance is the large door in the courtyard facing Foster. There is one flight of stairs up to the meditation room. The floor is carpeted. Please bring mats, cushions, and kneelers if you use them. Chairs will be provided.

For questions or more information about the workshop, please contact Ellen McCammon.