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Teaching Retreat in Tucson, October 19-21, 2012



Meditation and Insight

A Non-Residential Teaching Retreat With Upasaka Culadasa


Oct 19-21 (Friday Evening through Sunday) at the Tucson Community Meditation Center located at 1231 E. Edison St, Tucson, AZ

This weekend we will focus on Insight, what it is, and how it is achieved through meditation. The Pali word is Vipassana, which can also be translated as “special seeing” or “seeing the essence.” The Insight we are referring to is “Supramundane” Insight into the true nature of reality, not just ordinary insight. Insight into things as they really are leads to true Wisdom, then suffering ends and happiness follows. This is the ultimate goal of meditation.

We will talk about the “Progressive Stages of Insight,” which describes the specific pattern of how Insight develops. Understanding this pattern will speed you along in your own progress of Insight.  We will also talk about the difference between Insight and Insight experiences. Understanding the nature of Insight helps you to recognize Insight experiences when they happen.  All Insight experiences can potentially lead to actual Insight, but too often they go unrecognized because the mind is not properly prepared. Understanding how to properly prepare your mind to produce and internalize the truth these experiences offer will make your meditation much more effective.

Insight is accessible for all meditators. We look forward to dispelling the mystery surrounding it and exploring these essential truths with you!

The format of the weekend will be approximately 2/3 discussion and 1/3 guided meditations.


Schedule: Friday, 7pm-9pm; Saturday and Sunday, 9am-4pm.

Suggested Donation: Friday night only $10-$15, entire weekend $50-$90. No one will be turned away due to inability to pay.

To Register: Send Check Payable to TCMC, along with your name, phone, and email to: Cynthia Lester, PO Box 85158 Tucson AZ 85754. In the event that the retreat fills up, first priority will be given to those that donate in advance.

Contact: 520-908-1321

Note: Please park at least 1 block, preferably 2 blocks away from the center. About two thirds of our time will be devoted to discussion, and the rest to guided meditation practices.


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