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The Buddhist Mind - Yin Yoga & The Four Foundations of Mindfulness with Whit Hornsberger
Weekend Workshop, Fri 20th - Sun 22nd of March 2020 > pick and choose or come the full weekend!
Whit Hornsberger comes back to Ghent for a full weekend of Mindfulness & Yin Yoga!
The transformative teachings of the Buddha are becoming increasingly popularized by the rapidly growing interest in mindfulness and the practice of vipassana or insight meditation among western yoga enthusiasts. Mindfulness is being applied everywhere and in all realms from yoga studios, to athletic training to increasing corporate profit. But what exactly is mindfulness and from where did this ideal of living intimately within the present moment emanate?
The practice of insight (vipassana) meditation is built upon the teachings of the Buddhist discourse, the Mahā Satipatthāna Sutta or The Great Discourse on the Foundations of Mindfulness. Colloquially referred to as The Four Foundations of Mindfulness, these teachings form the bedrock of mindfulness meditation practice and are considered the domain of the meditator. Once established through ardent application, The Four Foundations of Mindfulness give rise to transformative experiential insights into ultimate reality, liberating the individual from the fetters of physical and mental suffering.
Vipassana is a way of intimately engaging with life in every moment, in every posture and within every experience. It is accessible to everyone and an applicable practice for daily life, whether in the monastic setting or within the urban environment.
The integration of mindfulness meditation (vipassana) with the methodology and practice of Yin Yoga has yielded life changing insights for Whit and the many students with whom he has worked via this approach. The extended stays and stillness of the Yin posture practice provide a fertile and potent receptacle for the arising of insight as taught by the Buddha.
Our weekend of insight will encompass discussion on Buddhist theory, exploring and integrating in detail The Four Foundations of Mindfulness and vipassana meditation with the practice of Yin Yoga. Each of our sessions will include discourse and application of one of the foundations of mindfulness to our meditation and Yin posture practice, building systematically and progressively throughout the weekend. Through direct felt experience each practitioner will bare witness to insights capable of radically shifting how we engage with the mind, body and life itself.
Sessions can be taken individually without problem. For those seeking a comprehensive understanding of vipassana meditation practice, the full weekend will give rise to both an intellectual and experiential understanding of what is mindfulness, the psychological experience of Yin Yoga and the transformative power of insight (vipassana) meditation.
These workshops are created for and are accessible to all levels of practitioners and geared specifically to anyone driven by an innate curiosity for insight into the enigma of life and a passion to move beyond the limitations of the conditioned mind.
Session 1: Foundation #1 - Contemplation of the Body (kayānupassanā)
Friday March 20th from 18.30-21.30 h
In the first foundation of mindfulness, the Buddha expounded upon the contemplation of the physical body. Although fourteen different ways in which the body can be con-templated were taught, in this workshop we will focus upon the most relevant and ac-cessible of these bodily contemplations: the contemplation of the breath.
Developing mindfulness (sāti) of the breath is vital for the development of in-sight. It is through the foundation of mindfulness upon the breath that a platform of concentrated stability arises (samādhi), enabling the practitioner to explore and inves-tigate the myriad psychophysical phenomena from an objective perspective.
Session 2: Foundation #2 - Contemplation of Feeling (vedānanupassanā)
Saturday March 21st from 14.30-17.30 h
The second foundation of mindfulness is the contemplation of feeling tone, the mental experience of physical sensation. The Buddha taught that physical sensation and the accompanying mental feeling tone are experienced by the mind in three ways: pleas-ant, unpleasant and neutral.
In this workshop we will integrate foundation #1 and foundation #2, applying concentrated stability (samādhi) to objectively observe the unadulterated expression of sensation and feeling tone, from the refuge of witness-consciousness.
Session 3: Foundation #3 - Contemplation of Consciousness (cittānupassanā)
Sunday March 22nd from 10.00-13.00 h
The third foundation of mindfulness is the contemplation of consciousness or more specifically, the study of those mental factors which colour and condition conscious-ness.
From anger to fear, joy to sadness, this workshop will provide the practitioner, through the integrated support of foundations 1, 2 and 3, the opportunity to observe objectively and thus study the true nature of all emotionally charged mind-states.
Session 4: Foundation #4 - Contemplation of Phenomena (dhammānupassanā)
Sunday February 22nd from 14.30-17.30 h
The fourth and final foundation of mindfulness is an extensive contemplation of senso-ry-phenomena. In this final workshop we will contemplate what are referred to as the six-internal and six-external sense bases:
eyes / visual objects; ears / audible objects; nose / olfactory objects; tongue / gustatory objects; body / sensations; mind / mental factors.
This final practice will integrate all four foundations of mindfulness, providing the practitioner the opportunity to apply and experience the transformative practice of vipassanā meditation.
Whit Hornsberger (Vancouver, Canada) is a student and teacher of the wisdom tradi-tions of Classical Yoga and Theravada Buddhism.
A former athlete, Whit found the path as a result of a career ending knee injury and the subsequent emotional and mental suffering inherent in losing one’s (supposed) self-identity and self-worth. His daily practice and teaching methods stem from the tradi-tional practices of Vinyasa Krama (Krishnamacharya) and Buddhist meditation (Ma-hasi Sayadaw). A passionate advocate of traditional teachings, Whit expounds the an-cient wisdom of these lineages in a relevant manner, making them readily accessible to students at every stage of the path.
A lover of surf, travel and nature, Whit resides with his partner in the Spanish Canary Islands, teaching international classes, workshops, retreats and trainings.
20-03-2020 van 18.30 tot 21.30
21-03-2020 van 14.30 tot 17.30
22-03-2020 van 10.00 tot 13.00
22-03-2020 van 14.30 tot 17.30