The Seven Factors of Awakening
With Barry Gillespie
October 19 - 24, 2021
The Seven Factors of Awakening is one of the Buddha’s main teachings. It describes the progressive path that a practitioner takes through successive wholesome mind states, from Mindfulness to Equanimity, leading to Enlightenment. It is important to understand this teaching and experience it’s development in the heart/mind. This is a source of great joy.
During the course of this Vipassana Meditation retreat students will learn the Seven Factors, which include how to recognize the arising of these mind states, and how to work with them skillfully. We will follow the traditional pattern of a Theravada silent retreat, with a mixture of sitting practice, outdoor walking practice, meditation instruction, dharma talks and personal conversations with the teacher.
Barry Gillespie was introduced to meditation practice in 1978, through the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashram. In 2003 he began exploring Theravada Buddhist practice, sitting many long retreats at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA and Spirit Rock in Woodacre, CA. His principal teacher is Guy Armstrong. Barry is an affiliated teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Colorado (IMCC). He teaches mainly in Boulder and at the Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center.
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