The Breath as a Gateway to Samadhi - A day of Meditation and Inquiry
This day of practice will be an opportunity to learn about and cultivate samadhi a meditative collectedness of mind which forms an integral part of the Buddhist path. Participants will be exploring creative ways of working with the breath and body as a means of developing a pleasant abiding in the here and now. Cultivating samadhi is a skill that can be learned and developed with practice, a deep resource that provides fertile soil for planting our insights. We will be looking at what kinds of attitudes and conditions are conducive to establishing and deepening samadhi, as well as some common obstacles. Our intention is to provide a useful set of tools while providing a supportive space for practicing and asking questions. The content is suitable for beginners, as well as for people with more experience. Our day will include periods of silence, guided meditations, teaching and some Q & As.
Venue: Quaker Meeting House - 59 Wandsworth High Street, London -- SW18 2PT
Time: Arrive from 9:30am for a prompt 10:00am start.
Cost: £16.50 - Standard; 12.50 - Concessions (covers venue costs and administration)
Lunch: Please bring something vegan or vegetarian to contribute to our shared lunch.
Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Questions: Please email Andrea -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Dana: There will be an opportunity to offer dana to support Juha and Andrea who are offering their facilitation and teaching in a spirit of generosity.
Juha Penttilä has been practicing meditation since 2002. He has spent time on retreats in Buddhist monasteries and retreat centers both in Asia as well as in Europe, and has spent over two years living and serving at Gaia House, a retreat center in the UK. In Finland he has been involved in founding Nirodha and the Green Buddha dharma group and is actively involved in teaching meditation and developing the practice community. He recently graduated from the Community Dharma Leader program at Gaia House.
Andrea Hosfeld has been practicing meditation since 2009 and has been teaching mindfulness courses and workshops since 2013. She is a graduate of the Mindfulness Institute, a year-long teacher training taught by Martin Aylward and Mark Coleman, and is currently being mentored by Rob Burbea as part of the Community Dharma Leader program at Gaia House. Andrea helped to establish the Twickenham Mindfulness Meditation Group where she is a regular facilitator.
Quaker Meeting House (View)
59 Wandsworth High Street
London SW18 2PT
|Minimum Age: 18|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|