2014 Retreat Introductory Report

by Peter Carlson on January 13, 2014

During this talk, the first night of the annual one week retreat, Peter revisited the meaning of “retreat”, “the three refuges” and the concept of the precepts from a contemporary perspective.  The importance of silence was emphasized, both external and internal.  He then explained the value of persistent, but relaxed investigation of the sensation of breathing, to support increasing tranquility and insight.  The meditation students were encouraged to make persistent monitoring of the breath a priority during the course of the ensuing days.

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