Noah Levine and Jason Siff combine their talents for this unique silent retreat experience.
This retreat will be held at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center in Joshua Tree California. The center has been a desert home to silent meditation for thirty years. Complete information can be found at jtrcc.org.
January 7th through the 15th, 2020.
Jason and Noah each offer their own distinct understandings of Buddhism for modern times in this 9-day retreat. Noah is the founder of the Against the Stream Meditation Center and originator of Refuge Recovery, while Jason is creator of Recollective Awareness Meditation and author of "Unlearning Meditation: What to do when the instructions get in the way." Both of them have been actively teaching meditation for over 20 years, and have trained many meditation teachers in their respective approaches.
By attending this silent retreat, you will have the opportunity to meditate several times day, listen to Dharma talks, participate in group meetings, have individual interviews with the teachers, and go on walks, journal, do yoga or personal exercise, and even read.
Recollective Awareness Meditation is a kind and gentle approach to meditation. It is truly a Middle-Way meditation practice. You can allow your thoughts and feelings into your meditation sittings, change your posture when you need to, meditate lying down, and even fall asleep. It gets its name from the original meaning of sati, often translated as 'mindfulness' but more properly, 'recollection.' So, after each meditation sitting, you recollect what you can about your meditation experience. Writing in a meditation journal is encouraged, but not mandatory.
Jason on the two practices, “There is no reason why mindfulness meditators can’t recollect their meditation sittings and make the occasional detailed journal entry afterward. Just as there is no reason why someone who practices recollective awareness can’t also become more aware of walking, eating, breathing, body sensations, and all the other areas of attention taught by mindfulness teachers. Why wouldn’t any of us want to develop a broader awareness of our experience? Both recollective awareness and mindfulness are attempting to develop the same thing: getting closer to what we are really experiencing in the present moment. Awareness is in the service of wisdom, of non-delusion, and is not just being developed in order to be in the present moment, but awake and wise in the present moment.”
Noah on his experience with mindfulness, “I came to it in tremendous suffering, looking for freedom. And I’ve found that. And it is not freedom from pain. It is freedom from identification. Freedom from the dissatisfaction that is inherent in trying to control the uncontrollable – the mind, the body, the world. Meditation has, in my experience, led to an incredible sense that everything is unfolding in its own way. And I can have total intention without expectation on the outcome for my happiness. I can have full acceptance of what is happening in the present moment, with the intention to go somewhere else.”