Summer Mindfulness Retreat

Theme – Kindfulness

With Buddhist Teacher Senpai
Sunday, July 14, 2019 (tentative)
Registration ends July 10, 2019

Our 17th annual mindfulness retreat will take place at the beautiful College of East Asian Studies in Middletown, CT. The theme is Kindfulness, which underscores non-judgmental awareness, lovingkindness, and the present moment. Our 3-hour morning retreat includes: basic sitting meditation instruction, conscious breathing, sitting, walking, and voice meditation, guided metta meditation, and noble silence. To learn about what is mindfulness (sati) and its benefits scroll below.

Retreat Time: from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Arrival:  8:30 a.m. to 8:50 a.m.

Intro to Meditation Session: 8:30 a.m.  8:45 a.m.

Location: College of East Asian Studies, 343 Washington Terrace, Middletown, Connecticut

No prerequisites: for beginner to the most experienced

Cost: $40 for non-members, and $30 for supporting members

Open to the general public including friends, non-buddhists, buddhists & supporting members

What to wear? Loose, causal, & non-distracting clothing and socks. Participants may bring a bottle of water. Zafus (cushions) and chairs are available.

Limited enrollment. The retreat space is limited. Sign up early to have the best chance of getting a spot at the event.

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What Is Mindfulness?

“Mindfulness (sati) is the practice of becoming more fully aware of the present moment–non-judgmentally and completely–rather than dwelling in the past or projecting into the future. It generally involves a heightened awareness of sensory stimuli (really noticing your breathing, feeling the sensations of your body, etc.) and being “in the now.” While mindfulness has origins in Eastern philosophy and Buddhism, there is no necessary religious component to mindfulness — anyone, with any belief system, can enjoy the benefits of mindfulness.

How is mindfulness attained? Mindfulness can be achieved through meditation, but one can also practice mindfulness through daily living. Simply focusing on the present moment and quieting your inner dialogue can help you attain mindfulness.”  – By Elizabeth Scott, M.S.

What is Kindfulness?

First coined by Ajahn Braham, kindfulness integrates mindfulness with the practice of kindness. It is present moment attentiveness coupled with  lovingkindness, friendship, and goodwill when dealing with others or with whatever you are doing. The result is an opening of heart to anything and anyone. A by-product of practicing of kindfulness is a greater feeling of energy, joy and caring. You can have mindfulness without kindness but you can not have kindfulness without mindfulness.

What Are The Benefits of Mindfulness & Kindfulness?

Recent research about mindfulness and kindness practices efficacy include some of the following.

  • Improved physical and emotional well-being
  • Decrease in symptoms of anxiety and depression
  • Deal with relationship conflicts better
  • Have a happier life and better relationships
  • Increase in sleep quality
  • Helpful in reducing daily stresses
  • Increase of mental focus
  • Increase in energy
  • Increase in happiness