MEDITATION & MINDFULNESS IN THE LIGHT OF BUDDHIST PHILOSOPHY
FEB 15-17 2019
Right at the Heart of any Yoga Practice, Mindfullness has become the most researched and influential part of Yoga in recent years. The reason for this immense spike in interest is simple: Mindfulness really works.
The efficacy of Mindfulness Meditation has been shown in countless studies, especially when dealing with stress and psychological problems. We will look at this research and the many applications of Mindfulness in modern spiritual and therapeutic environments during our weekend together.
Obviously, with Mindfulness other practice-tool like the postures or breathing techniques become rather blunt and even dangerous. It is vital to intimately feel and explore your body during these practices in order to stay safe and move energy in healthy and opening ways.
Originally, the roots of Mindfulness can be found in Buddhist practice. There is a common misconception that Buddhist practice is somehow different from yoga. Nothing could be further from the truth. Famous yogis like Patañjali were hugely influenced by Buddhist teachings, and even non-seated āsana-practice, which has become the most widely practiced limb of modern yoga, has its roots in Buddhist tantric circles (see Mallinson).
Join Philipp Lemke for this inspiring and informational weekend of yoga and mindfullness. Philipp’s yoga journey has always had meditation at its very centre. He lived and worked in Mindfulness-Meditation-Centres in India during the 1990s, has attended over 100 Meditation Retreats, and is a certified Mindfulness teacher. In Philipp’s opinion, these techniques are among the most useful and powerful tools yoga can offer.
He is excited and looking forward to sharing his passion and these amazing techniques with you!
WHAT WE’LL COVER
What is Mindfulness (sati) and what can it do
Breathing Meditation (ānāpāna-sati)- The breath as a doorway to yourself we’ll learn how to focus, coming into the present moment as we explore the ānāpāna-sati-sutta
Body (kāya) and Feeling-Tone (vedāna) based Mindfulness Practices-
- Exploring our body-sensations and parts
- Cultivating inner peace, non-reactiveness & insight
- Moving Āsana & Walking Meditation
Dealing with the classical Challenges (pañca-nīvaraṇāni)- As we practice certain common hindrances may arise. We will investigate them and learn ways of how to transform these potential ‘enemies’ of our practice into useful ‘friends’
Mindful Communication- Developing Mindfulness in our daily interactions, using Mindfulness to really connect with each other