Peter’s 2014 Year-end Retreat Report

by Peter Carlson on January 3, 2014

As is the custom, this evening’s talk is a review of Peter’s two week self-retreat.  During the talk, he quoted from Achaan Chah: “Life brings suffering.  The untrained mind turns suffering into more suffering.  The trained mind turns suffering into the path that leads to the ending of suffering.”  He described his practice of integrating the “noting” strategies with the “body sweep” strategies taught by S. N. Goenka.  The importance of using breath awareness to stabilize the mind, then using the body sweep to nurture a “curtain” of body awareness cultivates increasing levels of dhamma vicaya, the investigation of emerging self-states.  As this practice deepens, a level of internal process awareness emerges that is “just knowing” without the need for noting.

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