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From “Next” to “Gone”: Practicing with endings – A day of insight meditation, led by Pádraig Cotter [Onsite and online]
June 19 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
“The world lives for a moment
And every moment says goodbye”
Lisa O’ Neill, Pothole in the Sky
During this day of practice, there will be an emphasis on practicing with the perception of impermanence in our moment-to-moment experience, with a particular emphasis on noticing endings – for example, the endings of the breath-cycle, of sounds, of bodily sensations.
Our minds can have a persistent habit of leaning into the arising of the next experience while overlooking the ending of the previous one. This creates a restless momentum of seeking of which “next” is the unspoken mantra. What might happen if we could put the brakes on the momentum of “next” and acknowledge the power of “gone”?
This approach is inspired by this article by Shinzen Young. We will practice with snippets from the article during the day. Participants may find it beneficial to read it beforehand.
The day will consist of periods of reflections, sitting and walking meditation. There will also be time for questions and reflections from participants.
If You are attending in person please bring your own lunch. This retreat is offered on a Dana (donation) basis only.
Pádraig Cotter has been practicing meditation since 2001, practicing in various traditions, attending many retreats at centres and monasteries in Europe and Asia. He has practiced within various spiritual traditions including Christianity, Advaita Vedanta, and different schools of Buddhism, all of which continue to influence him. Since 2009, he has been a volunteer at Sunyata Buddhist Centre where he was manager in 2011-2012. He began to teach retreats in 2016.