with Doug McGill
11 Online sessions (see schedule)
On this retreat we’ll learn how to meditate as a full-time way of relating to life from the moment we wake up until the moment we fall asleep.
Sayadaw U Tejaniya, the Burmese monk and meditation teacher whose practice instructions we’ll largely follow, describes daily life meditation this way:
“Forget the idea that meditation happens only on a cushion or in the meditation hall. Meditation is so important that we need to do it all the time.
“First, we must ask ourselves: what is our relationship to reality? What is our understanding of life? From this, we will find meditation is really the only sensible approach to our reality and the problems that can arise from living.”
Monastics across many spiritual traditions have meditated this way for millennia, maintaining mindfulness while sweeping temple grounds, stomping grapes, eating meals, and carrying out all the usual activities of daily life.
Today, lay people leading busy modern lives—and now coping with social distancing and sheltering-at-home—are also learning daily life practice as a way to transform everyday activities and challenges into awakening.
Read testimonials from Doug’s meditation classes over the years.
A sliding fee scale is available, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss.
Beginners of all levels are invited!
Recommended readings (optional):
“Relax and Be Aware: Mindfulness Meditations for Clarity, Confidence and Wisdom,” by Sayadaw U Tejaniya. A concise guide to cultivating continuous awareness in daily life, edited by Doug McGill, the retreat leader.
“Being Aware of Being Aware,” by Rupert Spira. The best book on the most indispensable skill, by the British non-dual writer and teacher.
Doug McGill is the founder and guiding teacher of the Rochester Meditation Center in Rochester, MN. He edited “Relax and Be Aware: Mindfulness Meditations for Clarity, Confidence and Wisdom,” by Sayadaw U Tejaniya; and since 2013 he has published “The Daily Tejaniya,” a daily email practice message. Since 2013 he has taught a six-week “Introduction to Awareness Meditation” class. He learned insight meditation from S.N. Goenka, Steve Armstrong and Kamala Masters; and non-dual direct self enquiry from Rupert Spira. From 1979 to 1999 he was a reporter at The New York Times and a bureau chief for Bloomberg News in Tokyo, London and Hong Kong.
On this retreat we’ll do everything we normally do on the weekend—wake up, have breakfast, walk the dog, clean the garage and everything else. Except on this special weekend, we’ll meet online several times each day to learn how to maintain continuous mindful awareness and thus support the arising of a calm and stable mind, love and wisdom in our lives.
The retreat’s daily schedule alternates between “Online” sessions consisting of a short group meditation and instructions for each new meditation, and “Practice” periods for applying that new meditation in our daily life:
7 to 8:30 PM—Welcome and Retreat Opening
9:00 AM—Online: “Awareness of the Body” Instructions
10:00 AM—Practice: “Awareness of the Body”
11:30 AM—Online: “Awareness of the Body” Q&A
12:30 PM—Practice: “Awareness of the Body”
1:30 PM—Online: “Awareness of the Body” Q&A
2:30 PM—Practice: “Awareness of the Body”
3:30 PM—Online: “Awareness of Feelings” Instructions
4:30 PM—Practice: “Awareness of Feelings”
7 :00 PM—Dharma Talk and Q&A: “Living as Awareness”
9:00 AM—Online: “Awareness of the Mind” Instructions
10:00 AM—Practice: “Awareness of the Mind”
11:30 AM—Online: “Awareness of the Mind” Q&A
12:30 PM—Practice: “Awareness of the Mind”
1:30 PM—Online: “My Body is Within Me” Instructions
2:45 PM—Practice: “My Body is Within Me”
3:30 PM—Online: “Be Everything” Instructions
4:45 PM—Practice: “Be Everything”
5:30 PM—Group Sit and Closing Circle