* * * Breathing Our Way Into Freedom * * *

Using Mindfulness of Breathing to develop Calm, Happiness, Concentration and Liberating Insights


"Just as in the last month of the hot season, when a mass of dust and dirt has swirled up, a great rain cloud out of season disperses it and quells it on the spot, so too samadhi developed by mindfulness of breathing is peaceful and sublime, an ambrosial pleasant dwelling, and it disperses and quells on the spot unwholesome states whenever they arise"

Note: See the application at the very bottom of this page. Currently the Fall Intensive is full. Please check back on January 1st, 2018 to apply for the Spring Intensive starting March 4th.

Dates: Sunday, September 24th to Sunday, December 10th, 2017

Description: A small group of 16 students will meet once a week during the 3-month program. This intensive practice/study period will focus on the teachings from the Mindfulness of Breathing discourse. We will follow the progression of mindfulness through breath and body, heart and mind, and more deeply into the classical meditative insights.

In these spring and fall intensives we gather to create a courageous practice period in the very middle of our daily lives. With the support of the group, the teacher, and the teachings we can all take a further step more fully into the Buddha's Noble Eight Fold Path.

This Program consists of four daylong retreats, one weekly class, and up to four private meetings with the teacher during the program.
Daylongs from 9:45am-6pm on Sundays 9/24, 10/22, 11/19 and 12/10 in Briones (near Orinda/Lafayette)
Wednesday classes from 7pm-9pm in Berkeley
Cost: $950-$750 sliding scale (work scholarships offered for those with lower incomes)
Prerequisites: At least three silent week-long mindfulness, insight or loving-kindness retreat within the last five years.

For more information please contact our registrar at tempeldpp@gmail.com


Tempel Smith began practicing intensive Insight and Metta retreats in 1989 under the guidance of Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein and Michele McDonald. He spent a year as a monk in Burma with Sayadaw U Pandita and Pa Auk Sayadaw, and has been teaching since 1997. He is the founder of BASE House, a collective of Buddhist activists and service providers. Tempel is on the Teachers Council at Spirit Rock, and leads the SRMC Dedicated Practitioner Program.


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