Another explanation for the name is that Isipatana was so called because sages, on their way through the air (from the Himalayas), alight here or start from here on their aerial flight (isayo ettha nipatanti uppatanti cāti-Isipatanam).Pacceka Buddhas, having spent seven days in contemplation in the Gandhamādana, bathe in the Anotatta Lake and come to the habitations of men through the air, in search of alms. Xuanzang quotes the Nigrodhamiga Jātaka (J.i.145ff) to account for the origin of the Migadāya.
Though Ch’an adherents do indeed cultivate dhyana and prajna, or stillness and wisdom, the Ch’an School understands this is in a dynamic and not static way.
The power of Qigong rests in connecting gentle fluid movements with breathing, drawing mind and body into harmonious relationship, gently unwinding accumulated life stress. During this spring/summer session we will continue practice with the Brahma Viharas, cultivating the awakening of Sympathetic Joy, engaging with Dharma teachings and practices to explore the nature of true Joy, and awareness of the obstacles to its expression- utilizing as a resource the recently published and deeply inspiring: ‘Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World’ with HH Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Douglas Abrams.
This course is suitable for experienced meditators who have been practicing for at least 3 years, and have developed the ability to rest in stable attention with inner experience.
(*Note: It is possible for experienced practitioners who did not attend the winter session to attend this session, with the permission of the teacher). The second hour is facilitated Dharma contemplation of selected Buddhist teachings.
The practice of Dharma contemplation invites us into direct experience of the teachings and the wisdom they carry. In this 8-week course children/youth and their parents/caregivers together will learn specific ways of paying attention to their breath, their body, their thoughts, their feelings and the world around them., fill out the registration form below and mail it to the Waterloo Riverview Dharma Centre with your cheque.