Access to Insight Retreat

7:00pm 03 December 2019 - 12:30pm 08 December 2019

Cost: £400.00

Venue: Samye Ling

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This five day retreat provides an opportunity for experienced Mindfulness practitioners and/or teachers to attend an access course to Insight and then enrol on the Mindfulness Association Level 3 training in Insight. This is open to experienced mindfulness/Buddhist meditation practitioners and/or teachers of:

  • MBSR
  • MBCT
  • Breathworks 8-week courses

Normally the Mindfulness Association requires practitioners to first attend Mindfulness and Compassion trainings before enrolling on Insight. However, this access course allows those who are suitably qualified to go straight to Insight.

The path of Mindfulness leads to insight into our habitual patterns and to freedom from self-created suffering. For this to happen we need first to settle and stabilise the mind through mindfulness practice. This helps us to accept our minds as they are. We then bring compassion to ourselves. Kindness and compassion are crucial for creating the conducive inner environment for insight. This then matures into compassion for other people and for appreciating our interconnection with all of life. These are the pre-conditions for Insight and they are the basis of the Access to Insight Retreat.

During the retreat we will teach the unique Mindfulness Association method of settling, grounding, resting and support as a core mindfulness sitting practice. We will also teach background and practices which cover key areas:

  • The RAIN (recognising, allowing, intimate attention and non-identification) practice as a basis for acceptance.
  • The self-compassion practice drawn from the Mindful Self-Compassion approach of Chris Germer and Kristin Neff.
  • Introduction to the Four Immeasurable Qualities (loving-kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity) as the basis for compassion for others.

With this as a foundation, we will teach the Undercurrent and Observer model developed by Rob Nairn. This is the gateway to Insight and is a navigating tool for clarifying what arises involuntarily in our minds (Undercurrent) and how we relate to what arises (Observer). This model introduces the key focus of Insight training – turning 180 degrees to face the Egocentric Preference System (EPS) in the Observer.

Through Insight training we learn to become acquainted with the subliminal mechanisms that hold this preference system in place (i.e. the contracted sense of ‘I’ that is ruled by our habitual likes and dislikes). We learn to accept this but not feed it. As a result, we learn to rest in open awareness, in which all of our experience becomes the meditation.

The retreat will involve teachings, guided practices, inquiry and periods of silence.

The cost of the retreat is £400.00 payable in four monthly instalments of £100.00.

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The Buddhist principle is to be everybody's friend, not to have any enemy.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Meditation means simple acceptance.
Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche
Only the impossible is worth doing.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Whenever we see something which could be done to bring benefit to others, no matter how small, we should do it.
Chamgon Khentin Tai Situ Rinpoche
Freedom is not something you look for outside of yourself. Freedom is within you.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Hasten slowly, you will soon arrive.
Jetsun Milarepa
It doesn’t matter whatever comes, stop judging and it won’t bother you.
Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche
Whatever obstacles arise, if you deal with them through kindness without trying to escape then you have real freedom.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
To tame ourselves is the only way we can change and improve the world.
Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche
I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
Strive always to be as kind, gentle and caring as possible towards all forms of sentient life.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Every sentient being is equal to the Buddha.
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Wherever and whenever we can, we should develop compassion at once.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Reminding ourselves of how others suffer and mentally putting ourselves in their place, will help awaken our compassion.
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