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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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Rodney Smith will be in Port Townsend to lead a two-day non-residential retreat on the weekend of May 9 and 10.  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.

The topic will be Aligning the Mind with the Now of the Body.

Rodney says:  “How distant is our mind from our body?  That gap is our relationship to the present moment since the body is always here and now.  The mind leaves the body, the body never leaves the mind.  This weekend will explore how meditation helps close the distance between the two and the difficulties we face when we embody ourselves.”

Dates: Saturday and Sunday, May 9th and 10th
Times: Sat, 9 AM – 5 PM. Sunday, 9 AM – 2 PM.
Location: Port Townsend Yacht Club

We will be in silence during the retreat.

While the space is plenty big for us, we still need to know how many people to expect.  So please reply via e-mail to register for this retreat or to ask any questions.  Be sure “Rodney Retreat” is in the subject line of anything you send me about the retreat.

The Port Townsend Yacht Club is two blocks off of Sims Way on Washington St, across from West Marine and next to SeaJ’s.  If you are coming from out of town, drive into town on Sims (Hwy 20), past the Safeway to Benedict St. (Henery’s Garden store and the Safeway gas station are on that corner) and turn south on Benedict.  Go two blocks and curve to the left onto Washington.  The Yacht Club is the first large building on the right; there are PTYC signs on the gray/blue building.  Entrance is on Washington St.

There is parking available in the area but please try to carpool.   You may park in front of the yacht club and to the west along Washington Street facing the water.   Please do not park in front of any of the businesses in the area as they will need those places for their customers during the day. You can also go farther west into the Boat Haven parking lot and park there.

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.

Food:  Bring a lunch and/or snacks.   We’ll provide tea.  The food coop is just a few blocks away if you need to buy something for lunch.   If you are coming from east of the Hood Canal Bridge, you will need to take a passenger ferry and shuttle.  You can get more information at: http://www.ptguide.com/gettingaround/hoodcanalbridge.html.

Costs: There is a minimal suggested donation for the rental of the space ($5 or $10). In the Buddhist tradition the teachings are considered priceless and are offered freely. There will be an opportunity to offer voluntary donations or dana to the teacher.

For more info: please contact Randi Winter (email much preferred) using the form below.

If you plan to attend: Please send an email confirmation to Randi Winter using the form below.  If you can only come for one day, please let us know.

To make reservations or ask questions:

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