The U Ba Khin tradition of vipassana, otherwise known as body scanning, was made popular in India and the West by the teaching U Satya Narayana Goenka. In this school of insight practice, the body itself becomes our focus as we develop a deepening awareness of tactile processes, of the four primary elements, and of vedana, sensations. In this way the Buddha’s teaching on the first two foundations of mindfulness, mindfulness of the body and mindfulness of sensation are fulfilled. Ultimately, awareness of this field becomes so sensitive and fluid that it can be used a “cloud chamber” for the mind. Thoughts, intentions, and emotion can all be felt at this level where the most fundamental psychic tensions associated with clinging can be released. The experience can be deeply healing, both physically and mentally, and is well known for releasing physical and psychic trauma stored within the body. This system is especially useful as a foundational practice for those who might be interested in exploring Theravada practice in greater depth.
I studied with Goenkaji directly in India in 1974, and later continued to develop this practice with Ruth Dennison whose approach I teach, in keeping with the original tradition. This access is gentler and more organic than what yogis have usually experienced at the traditional ten-day Goenka retreats. Walking meditation will definitely be included.
Friday, June 1, 7pm-9pm
Saturday, June 2, 9am-7pm
Sunday, June 3, 8am - 6pm
Retreat will be conducted in noble silence.
There will be a potluck lunch on Saturday and Sunday. You are welcome to bring a dish to share.
Please register on this page to attend or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
About the teacher: Daniel Boutemy has been meditating over half a century and has studied one-on-one with many of the most respected Eastern and Western Buddhist teachers, including Taungpulu Sayadaw, S.N. Goenka, Anagarika Munindra, and Joseph Goldstein. A hospice RN, and formerly a vocational counselor and technical writer, Daniel balances head and heart in his presentation of the Buddha’s teachings. He provides students with guidance in both insight meditation, in the traditions of Mahasi Sayadaw, Taungpula Sayadaw and SN Goenka, as well as in samatha practices. He is the author of a forthcoming book on the Mahasi method and the Progress of Insight. His YouTube channel is Knowledge and Vision – Ñana-Dasana.