Franciscan Center Retreat Report

by Peter Carlson on June 26, 2014

As is our custom, after a significant retreat event, there’s a dialogue about the retreat experience amongst the participants.  Since much of what occurs is deeper than conscious awareness, having the opportunity to talk about the experience among other knowledgeable meditation students can consolidate the learning and make it more accessible in daily life routines.  The group discussion this evening was among experienced practitioners, so the dialogue was at a more advanced level.  Next week’s dialogue will begin to explore the next stanzas of the Satipatthana Sutta, mindfulness of mental objects, involving the Buddhist concept of self-structure, the Five Aggregates of Clinging.  This series of explorations will include a core principle of Buddhist psychology, paticca sammupada, usually translated as dependent origination.

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