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Heather Martin, Vipassana teacher from Salt Spring Vipassana Community, will lead a two-day meditation retreat in Port Townsend, WA in October. Heather has led several weekend retreats in Port Townsend in the last several years and we are very enthusiastic to have her here again.

More information and registration instructions are on the Port Townsend Sangha’s web site.

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Rodney Smith will be in Port Townsend to lead a two-day non-residential retreat on the weekend of May 12 and 13, 2012. The subject of the retreat this year is Working with Dharma Fundamentals.

Rodney is the guiding teacher of the Seattle Insight Meditation Society and we are always happy to have him here to teach. The retreat will consist of sitting and walking meditation, dharma talks from the teacher, and small group meetings with the teacher.

More information and registration instructions are on the Port Townsend Sangha’s web site.

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Heather Martin, Vipassana teacher from Salt Spring Vipassana Community, will lead a two-day meditation retreat in Port Townsend, WA in October. Heather has led several weekend retreats in Port Townsend in the last several years and we are very enthusiastic to have her here again.

More information and registration instructions are on the Port Townsend Sangha’s web site.

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Rodney Smith will be in Port Townsend to lead a two-day non-residential retreat on the weekend of April 9 and 10, 2011. The subject of the retreat this year is Distorting Reality: We will explore how the mind distorts reality to form its misperceptions of the world.

Rodney is the guiding teacher of the Seattle Insight Meditation Society and we are always happy to have him here to teach. The retreat will consist of sitting and walking meditation, dharma talks from the teacher, and small group meetings with the teacher.

More information and registration instructions are on the Port Townsend Sangha’s web site.

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From Living Dharma: Teachings of Twelve Buddhist Masters by Jack Kornfield:

A Western monk once asked permission of his forest teacher to journey to Burma to try the intensive meditation systems of several other well-known teachers. Permission was readily granted. After several years he returned to his first teacher.

“What did you learn?” the teacher inquired.

“Nothing,” answered the monk.

“Nothing?”

“Nothing that is not already around, that was not right here before I left.”

“And what have you experienced?”

“Many teachers and many meditation systems,” the monk answered. “Yet, the more deeply I penetrated the Dharma, the more I realized there was no need to go anywhere else to practice.”

“Ah, yes,” replied his teacher. “I could have told you that before you left, but you could not have understood.”

I’ve always liked this story.  It certainly reflects my experience with vipassana teachers from related traditions, such as those of Burma and Thailand.  The Insight Meditation teachers I listen most to are influenced by Burmese teachers such as Sayadaw U Tejaniya, so that is the practice that I follow.  I see the various lineages as different flavors of the same teachings.

Or, in other words, the grass is just a different shade of green.  And all green is beautiful.

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Heather Martin, Vipassana teacher from Salt Spring Vipassana Community, will lead a two-day meditation retreat in Port Townsend, WA in October.  Heather has led two weekend retreats in Port Townsend in the last two years and we are all very enthusiastic to have her here again.

Reservations are requested so that we know how many people to plan for.  The following is the announcement message from the Port Townsend sangha.



Her practical and wholehearted approach embodies ease and joy, while grounded in realism

——from Heather Martin web page

The Port Townsend Sangha is pleased to announce that vipassana teacher Heather Martin will be back in Port Townsend to lead a two-day non-residential retreat on the weekend of October 2-3, 2010.

Heather is the resident teacher of the Vipassana  group on Salt Spring Island off the coast of Vancouver. She is also the guiding teacher for the Victoria Vipassana Community, http://www.victoriavipassana.org/, and the sanghas in Bellingham and on Samish Island. She teaches at centers up and down the West Coast and at times at IMS in Barre, Mass.

This retreat is based on the Vipassana Buddhist practice and follows a typical retreat format.  We will sit in meditation for periods from 30 to 45 minutes at a time, interspersed with walking meditation.  The teacher will give a dharma talk each day and probably some additional teachings.  She will probably also meet with some small groups.  We will be in noble silence during retreat times.

We plan to meet from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The retreat will be held at the Yacht Club in Port Townsend. Please plan to arrive in time to be settled in by 9 a.m.

While the space should be ample for all who want to attend, we still need to know how many people to expect. To register or ask questions, fill out the contact form below. We will reply acknowledging your registration and answering any questions.

If you can only come for one day, please let us know. A week or two prior to the retreat we will email all registrants more complete directions to the meditation hall and any other pertinent information. We will be sitting on a vinyl tiled floor, but there are also chairs for your use.  Please bring any cushions, mats, or wraps that you will need for sitting.  We are not able to provide any cushions, etc. Chairs will be provided.

As is typical practice in our tradition, there is no charge for the teachings, but we encourage everyone to practice generosity by giving dana to the teacher so that she may continue to teach the Dharma.  Like many teachers, Heather has chosen to make the practice and teaching of the dharma her sole work, and she relies on our generosity for her sustenance.  There is a $10 charge to help defray the cost for the room and the expense of organizing the retreat.

The retreat is over and registration is closed.

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Om Mani Padme Hum has always had special meaning to me.  It was probably the first Buddhist mantra/chant I was introduced to, in the early 1970’s.  We meditated to this mantra when I was in Kathmandu in 1976.

Om Mani Padme Hum is the mantra of Chenrezig, the embodiment of compassion.

This YouTube video is one of the most melodic and beautiful versions I have heard.

(If the YouTube video is not visible here, you can find it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eygz-RJ3bR4.)

I do not use a mantra as part of my regular practice.  Yet sometimes Om Mani Padme Hum will arise spontaneously in my mind, especially if my mind is extremely agitated.  To me, there is a strong connection between compassion and patience, both of which I find essential in being with my mind.

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