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Rodney Smith, guiding Vipassana teacher from Seattle Insight Meditation Society, will lead a two-day retreat in Port Townsend, WA May 15-16, 2010. We are very happy when Rodney will be with us again this year.

Reservations are requested because space is limited. The following is the announcement message from of the Port Townsend sangha.
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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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As part of my practice, I listen to Dharma talks.  It’s hard to do that in person, given how far we are from any center.  We are able to have occasional weekend retreats by various teachers—our sangha invites Rodney Smith and other guest teachers for weekend retreats once or twice a year.  For longer retreats, Teresa and I can go to Cloud Mountain or other retreat centers.

On a more daily basis, I turn to Dharma talks on the web. As you might guess from my earlier post about my problems with listening, I find recorded talks helpful as I can listen to them again and again to hear those parts my mind skipped over the first time!

The quantity and variety of talks available on the web is increasing rapidly. Every time I search the web for Dharma resources, I find more sites I hadn’t seen before and existing sites that have more and better organized information. My focus is on Insight Meditation/Vispassana and the Theravada Forest Tradition. There are extensive resources for other Buddhist traditions but this is the one I follow.

The first teacher I sat with regularly was Gil Fronsdal of the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, CA.  So that’s where I look first for talks, and IMC’s Audio Dharma library is extensive.  The largest online collection is probably the Dharma Seed library, with talks from 1974 to the current time.  The Seattle Insight Medication Society is the center closest to us and they have a collection of talks by Rodney Smith and guest speakers on their web site.

In the Theravada Forest Tradition, the teacher that I have been most attracted to is Thanissaro Bhikkhu of the Metta Forest Monastery.  The monastery has a large collection of his talks, although I prefer the audio quality of his talks in the Insight Meditation Center’s library.

To help people find talks, I have compiled this list of the sites I have found most valuable.  In the list of pages on the right, click on Dharma on the Web for list of sites and links to them.

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