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A Vipassana Retreat: The search for truth

Teacher: Jonathan Preboy, Anna Scharfenberg
Cost: 4 day's accommodation + R400 surcharge
Dates: Sunday 19 January 2020 - Thursday 23 January 2020

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You may find that the cell is an ideal place to learn to know yourself, to search realistically and regularly the processes of your own mind and feelings ... it gives you the opportunity to look daily into your entire conduct to overcome the bad and develop whatever is good in you. Never forget that a saint is a sinner who keeps on trying - Nelson Mandela - Mandela The Authorised Biography by Anthony Sampson

Vipassana (Insight) meditation uses mindfulness to search for the mental and emotional patterns that cause suffering. The aim is not merely to overcome suffering but to learn how to wake up and be fully alive in the present moment. This four-day retreat is an opportunity to deepen meditation practice using the traditional Buddhist method of Ajahn Tong. Meditators are encouraged to stay for the entire course but may also stay for a shorter time and beginners are welcome to learn how to start Vipassana meditation. Mindfulness is developed by regular walking and sitting practice (both in the meditation hall and outside in the forest), by maintaining awareness during normal activities such as eating, showering, dressing and supported by daily interviews with a teacher. The retreat will be held in silence.

What is looking is what you are looking for - St. Francis of Assisi

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Jonathan Preboy and Anna Scharfenberg trained in Vipassana meditation under the great Thai Vipassana master, Ajhan Tong. Jonathan was formerly a clinical psychologist in private practice in Durban and Anna worked at meditation centres in Belgium and Gemany. They have taught together at Wat Chom Tong Meditation Centre in Thailand, Mexico, Italy, Spain and in South Africa (the BRC, Dharmagiri and Emoyeni) and are based at the Tisarana Vipassananurson Meditation Centre in Prague.