Radical Reflections on Freeing the Mind

Kittisaro and Thanissara

By Frank Simons

The Meditation Center presents the video lecture series, Radical Reflections on Freeing the Mind, Part 2, “The Nature of Knowing,” by Kittisaro and Thanissara, Thursday, August 27, at 5:30 at the Center, Callejón Blanco 4.

The Nature of Knowing
Thu, Aug 27, 5:30pm
Meditation Center
Callejón Blanco 4

In this online retreat, former monastics Kittisaro and Thanissara familiarize us with the habit of papanca, or “conceptual proliferation,” which the Buddha considered to be a severe impediment to the development of an awakened mind. Kittisaro and Thanissara offer practices that allow us to turn that discerning mind back on itself, noticing thoughts simply as thoughts and treasuring the space in between them. Once and for all, we’ll learn how to train that monkey mind to resist the next morsel of juicy gossip or click-bait.

Kittisaro (Harry Randolph Weinberg)

Kittisaro is from Tennessee, and he graduated from Princeton as a Rhodes Scholar and went on to Oxford before going to Thailand to ordain with Ajahn Chah in 1976. He was a monk for 15 years and during that time helped found Chithurst Monastery and Devon Vihara in the UK. He also taught extensively during this time and was involved in the training of monks. He disrobed in 1991 and since then has taught internationally in the US, Europe, South Africa, and Israel. He has studied and practiced Chan and Pure Land for 35 years, informed by the Chinese school of Master Hua. Kittisaro has completed two one-year long silent self retreats and is currently writing in between continuing his teaching engagements.

Thanissara (Linda Mary Peacock)

From an Anglo-Irish family in London, she started Buddhist practice in the Burmese school in 1975. She was inspired to ordain after meeting Ajahn Chah and spent 12 years as a Buddhist nun where she was a founding member of Chithurst Monastery and Amaravati Buddhist Monastery. She was also co-initiator of events for children and families at Amaravati. Thanissara has facilitated meditation retreats internationally the last 25 years and has an MA in Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy Practice from Middlesex University and the Karuna Institute in the UK. She has written a book of poetry, Garden of the Midnight Rosary. Thanissara is co-facilitator of the Community Dharma Leader Program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California.

There will be a discussion period after the video. Presentations of the Meditation Center are offered without charge. Donations are gratefully accepted.


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