This retreat will emphasize mindful attention to the body and breathing as the foundation for cultivating awareness and insight into the deeper nature of our body and mental process. Slow deep breathing coordinated with mindful bending and stretching exercises are done to help this process. Periods of sitting, standing and walking will aid in cultivating a continuity of awareness of the present moment. The goal of mindfulness/insight practice is to become aware of our intentions which precede activity of body, speech, and thought in order to transform harmful habits which bring suffering into wholesome ones which conduce to peace, happiness, and wisdom. The Buddha’s teachings of the Four Noble Truths inform the practice. How to carry this practice into daily live is given importance.

This retreat is suitable for beginners as well as experienced meditators. There will be Dharma talks, chance for Q & A, instructions, and guided meditations.

Meditation Camp Details:

Teacher: Bhante Yogavacara Rahula
Organized by Dr. William Chu
Time: Sunday, May 8, 2011; 1:30 – 6:30 pm
Location: University of the West, Exhibition Hall
Free of charge
(no need for registration, just show up in comfortable attire!)

About the Teacher:

Yogavacara Rahula was born as Scott Joseph DuPrez in Southern California in 1948. He grew up during the hippie revolution and entered the U.S. Army for three years in 1967, spending ten months in Vietnam. In 1972 he began a long odyssey starting in Scandinavia which took him half way around the world to India and Nepal. In Nepal he encountered his first spiritual teachers, Tibetan Lamas, at a month long meditation course, by the end of which he was converted more or less to being a Buddhist. His search brought him south to Sri Lanka where he eventually got ordained as a Buddhist monk in 1975. Prior to ordination he had studied Yoga with Swami Gitananda in Pondicherry, South India. He remained in Sri Lanka off and on until 1986 when he returned to the U.S.A. to visit his parents and to help spread the Dharma. In 1987 he joined Bhante H. Gunaratana to help build up the Bhavana Society Forest Monastery in West Virginia, USA. He travels out from time to time to conduct meditation retreats in various parts of the world and in the U.S.

Bhante Rahula has written four books: an autobiography entitled, One Night’s Shelter; The Way to Peace & Happiness, a comprehensive study of the Buddha’s Teaching; Breaking Through the Self-Delusion, a small booklet on vipassana meditation and Traversing the Great Himalaya, a photo documentary of a spiritual pilgrimage in the Himalaya.

Please direct your questions to Dr. William Chu: mooninhands@gmail.com