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Mindfulness - Always Available, Everywhere: A Vipassana retreat

Teacher: Jonathan Preboy and Anna Scharfenberg
Cost: 2 days' accommodation + R. 250 surcharge
Dates: Friday 20 January 2017 - Sunday 22 January 2017


jonathan-preboyanna-scharfenbergThere’s even science to back this up - an explosion of new research, complete with colourful MRI scans, demonstrating that meditation can essentially rewire your brain - Dan Harris: 10% Happier

Yes, mindfulness will rewire 

your brain. It is the perfect gift. Why? Because it is available, everywhere without limits, and is completely free. The question is how to realise this gift. The answer was provided by the Buddha, the supreme teacher of meditation, more than 2500 years ago. He taught the method of Vipassana meditation as a way to cultivate mindfulness. This retreat is an invitation for beginning and experienced meditators to practise Vipassana or Insight using the traditional Buddhist method of Mahasi Sayadaw and Achan Tong. For beginners it is a good technique to deepen an ancient Buddhist meditation technique and for experienced meditators, a way to deepen their Insight. Mindfulness is developed by regular walking and sitting practice, maintaining awareness during normal activities such as eating, showering, dressing etc. and by daily interviews with a teacher. Sustain awareness at every moment in every posture, whether standing, walking, sitting or lying down. This is the way to establish mindfulness in the heart- Ajahn Chah

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Jonathan Preboy worked as clinical psychologist in Durban before starting Vipassana meditation in 2002.  He practiced and trained as a teacher with Ajahn Tong. Ajahn Tong is Abbot of Wat Chom Tong and is widely regarded as the greatest living teacher in Thailand. Since 2012, he has taught with his wife in Thailand, Mexico, Italy, Spain, and South Africa. For the last 2 years they have been teaching and managing the Tisarana Vipassananusorn Meditation Center, Prague (www.tisarana.cz).

Anna Scharfenberg began practicing Vipassana in 2005 and worked at meditation centers in Europe. She practiced and trained as a teacher with Ajahn Tong. Ajahn Tong is Abbot of Wat Chom Tong and is widely regarded as the greatest living teacher in Thailand. Since 2012, she has taught with her husband in Thailand, Mexico, Italy, Spain, and South Africa. In 2013 they started teaching meditation together in the Czech Republic and are currently teaching and managing the Tisarana Vipassananusorn Meditation Center Prague (www.tisarana.cz).