“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one,” said Einstein. This forceful statement echoes the Buddha’s teachings of liberation.
Buddhist practice allows us to gain first-hand insights into the true nature of our constructed, illusive reality. As we dive into a fine-grained investigation of our experience, we begin to see how different interpretations of reality are constructed by our mind. This inquiry can break the seeming solidity, permanence and continuity of our unexamined experience. As this process unfolds, we open to unexpected perspectives, and ultimately, freedom.
Initial instructions on this silent retreat will focus on stabilizing our attention. After taking some time for this, more refined levels of observation of phenomena will then be encouraged. Although traditional Buddhist concentration and insight practices will primarily be offered, the teachers will also draw on complementary disciplines to provide a broader context for our investigations. The goal, however, always remains concrete and practical: greater inner peace and liberation.