The Joy of Impermanence: Exploring Buddhist Meditation
While we all we’ve heard the adage, “the only constant is change,” it’s another thing entirely to experience that change on a very deep moment-to-moment level. In turn, this workshop will explore change or impermanence in layers of thought, emotion, feeling and sensation, as well as the natural world. We’ll discover how the more fully we step into the experience of change, the more we naturally open into gratitude, wonder and joy - even when times are difficult or unpleasant. The meditations will be rooted in the Theravada-Vipassana Buddhist tradition, but will just as equally tap into the timeless wisdom that nudges us into full and complete presence.
Embodied Freedom: Exploring Buddhist Meditation
Through guided meditation and discussion, this workshop will take a journey into inner freedom. We’ll discover how it’s available RIGHT NOW, and also how it evolves and deepens over time. Importantly, this exploration won’t be an abstract or intellectual task, but rather something visceral, experiential, intimate and embodied. The meditations will be rooted in the Theravada-Vipassana Buddhist tradition, but will just as equally tap into the timeless wisdom that nudges us into full and complete presence.
Essential Vipassana Meditation
Through a Vipassana-style body scan, we will explore the liberating power of bringing our awareness out of thinking and into our raw sensations & feelings. Particular emphasis will be given to our relationship with what is, and how even when the body (or mind) doesn't feel good, we can still experience a palpable sense of peace and connection. There will be a guided meditation that will last about 45 minutes with extra time for discussion
A former Theravadan Buddhist monk, David Sudar completed an intensive 21 month Vipassana meditation retreat in Myanmar with his core teacher, Sayadaw U Tejaniya, and continues to spend 1-2 months a year on silent retreat. He's currently based in Portland and teaches meditation at Nike, Yoga Teacher Training programs, various wellness centers, and leads the Path of Sincerity Sangha.
David also holds a B.A. in Psychology, has completed a two year training in Hakomi Mindfulness-Based Somatic Psychotherapy, and often weaves into his teaching his studies of Zen Buddhism, Classical Yoga and over 4 years spent across 25+ countries. In both his work and personal life, his great passion is integrating traditional spiritual practice with the realities of everyday life. For more info, please visit pathofsincerity.com