It is customary for our Sangha to provide the opportunity for those members who recently completed a residential retreat to talk about their experience. It fosters the integration of the meditative experience through “thinking out loud” and responding to questions and comments from those participating in the meeting. Lezlie recently participated in a one-week residential retreat co-led by Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach, two well-respected teachers who are also psychologists. She describes the structure of the retreat and her significant insights regarding the Dharma during the retreat. Several participants spoke of their gratitude for her thorough and insightful comments during the review.
Next week’s topic will begin an extensive and thorough review of the Satipatthana Sutta, the Four Foundations of Mindfulness Discourse, which is characterized as Right Mindfulness within the Noble Eightfold Path. The topic for this meeting will focus on an expansive review of the elements of sati, translated as mindfulness, including contemporary neuropsychological research on what happens in the brain when one practices mindfulness meditation.