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Jim Dalton, Mindfulness Mentor

Mindfulness Training and Practice

Half Day Retreats

Slow down and practice mindfulness starting at 9 AM on Saturday mornings

Portland Insight Meditation Center

6536 SE Duke

Portland, OR

www.portlandinsight.org

Bring a lunch and a treat to share with other retreatants

Registration Fee: $20.00

Support your teacher with Dana

April 17 - Four Foundations of Mindfulness

Join us to review the varieties of practice available for refining awareness of the full spectrum of sensations, the feelings, and the thinkings that cloud our judgment and influence our behavior.

This retreat will include periods of silent meditation, walking meditation, mindful movement (QiGong) and talks with discussion. Bring a sack lunch and a treat to share with the other retreatants. We will break for a silent lunch break at noon.

Four Foundations of Mindfulness

Saturday May22 -- at PIMC Living Room

9:00 AM through 3:30 PM

 Before we start practicing mindfulness meditation, we must know how to practice. We need to have the right information and a clear understanding of the practice to work with awareness intelligently. This information will work at the back of your mind when you meditate. 

Jim Dalton has been teaching meditation for 30 years. For the past 10 years he has been incorporating Tai Chi and mindful movement into his practice of a deeply embodied mindfulness. Struck by the resonance inherent in the discoveries of modern physics, general semantics and Buddhism, Jim has forged a new synthesis out of his years of practice, a synthesis aiming at full embodiment of awareness to include the domains of body, feeling, and thought

A registration fee of $20.00 is requested. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Dana for the teacher is greatly appreciated.

The Dharma Center is located at 6536 SE Duke Portland, OR 97206. Call Jim at 503.292-6951 with questions.

Contemplations on...

  • The Breath and the Body
  • The Feeling Mind
  • The Thinking Mind
  • The Mind Objects

In the words of the Buddha:

"Mindfulness of breathing, developed and repeatedly practiced, is of great fruit, of great advantage, for it fulfills the four foundations of mindfulness; the four foundations of mindfulness, developed and repeatedly practiced, fulfill the seven enlightenment factors; the seven enlightenment factors, developed and repeatedly practiced, fulfill clear-vision and deliverance."

Step by step, our awareness expands from focusing on the breath, then to the parts of the body as well as the body as a whole. Gradually we develop awareness of the sensations and the feelings, and the values we impart to them. We discover that the mind has a mind of its own; our thoughts unfold according to their own inner logic.

Finally we examine our own views and assumptions about life. We compare the skillful views of the Dharma, the Buddhist way of life, with our personal preferences and prejudices. And the work of self-development becomes apparent. If we want to be free of our automatic self-absorbed reactions, we must apply the healing balm of mindfulness.

February 20, 2010 - Brahman Viharas

Spend a day cultivating awareness of the Divine Abodes

  • Loving-Kindness
  • Compassion
  • Sympathetic Joy
  • Equanimity

Format will include guided meditations, silent practice, mindful movement and walking meditation

March 27, 2010 - Seven Factors of Enlightenment

Seven Factors of Awakening

Saturday March 27 -- at PIMC Living Room

9:00 AM through 3:30 PM

During a half-day retreat only a overview can be presented, but we will touch on each factor as a reminder to learn to recognize, cultivate and take joy in the discovery of the seven factors in own experience.

  • Mindfulness
  • Keen investigation
  • Energy
  • Rapture or happiness
  • Calm
  • Concentration
  • Equanimity

The Buddha taught the Middle Way, a balanced methodology of insight and open heart. He also promised that the path would be the same at the beginning and at the end. Awakening (Enlightenment) happens whenever we rest into our experience with no grasping. What changes is the amount of time we can be content in the resting. At first it may be milliseconds; later we are aware of longer and longer durations of calm, of rapture, of concentration, etc.

The Seven Factors of Enlightenment are not some abstract qualities awaiting us at the end of long journey. As we develop Mindfulness, all the rest of the factors will arise little by little. They inter-penetrate our lives every second, bringing glimpses of insight and flashes of open-heartedness. What would it be like to spend a day getting familiar with all seven factors, learning to recognize them, rest in them, cultivate them? Join us for a day of practice.

Format will include guided meditations, silent practice, mindful movement and walking meditation

Natural Tai Chi

True understanding in a person has two attributes:

awareness and action.

Together they form a natural tai chi

Who can enjoy enlightenment and remain indifferent to suffering in the world?

This is not in keeping with the Way

Only those who increase their service along with their understanding can be called men and women of Tao.

-- Hua Hu Ching, Lao Tzu

The Hands That Work On Us...

What is required of us is that we love the difficult and learn to deal with it. In the difficult are the friendly forces, the hands that work on us.

-- Rainer Maria Rilke (1875 - 1926)

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