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2024/08/17 Ajaan Geoff Weekend Retreat

Weekend Retreat with Ajaan Geoff

August 17/18, 2024 at University of Victoria
Saturday and Sunday 0900am to 4pm
Registration opens July 22, 2024 for both in-person and online via Zoom.

Stream-Entry
The Buddha taught that there are four levels of awakening. The first level — called “stream entry” and “the gaining of the Dharma Eye” — is the point where you gain your first glimpse of the deathless. This is a momentous event in the practice. It marks the point where you are guaranteed full awakening within at the most seven lifetimes, and in the meantime, you are safe from being reborn on any level in the cosmos below the human.
This weekend retreat — through readings, talks, meditation, and discussion — will focus on the Buddha’s recommendations for how to attain stream-entry, and his description of the characteristics of a person who has entered the stream.
Ajaan Geoff
Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff) is an American Buddhist monk of the Kammatthana (Thai Forest) Tradition. After graduating from Oberlin College in 1971 with a degree in European Intellectual History, he traveled to Thailand, where he studied meditation under Ajaan Fuang Jotiko, himself a student of the late Ajaan Lee. He ordained in 1976 and lived at Wat Dhammasathit, where he remained following his teacher’s death in 1986. In 1991 he traveled to the hills of San Diego County, USA, where he helped Ajaan Suwat Suvaco establish Metta Forest Monastery. He was made abbot of the Monastery in 1993.

2024/04/27 Adrianne Ross one day Retreat

The following audio files were recorded at Goward House in Victoria during a one day retreat presented by Adrianne Ross.

 

2024/03/16 Audio from Margo McLoughlin Retreat

The following audio files were recorded during a weekend retreat at Goward House in Victoria presented by Margo McLoughlin.

 

 

2024/05/25 Kristina Baré one day Retreat

One day Retreat with Kristina Baré 

May 25, 2024 at Goward House in Victoria.
2495 Arbutus Road.
Saturday 0900am to 4pm
Registration open.    REGISTER

Equanimity
In this daylong retreat we will explore the cultivation of Equanimity. The state of equanimity points to the potential of a non-reactivity heart space in the midst of challenge. Finding peace with the way things are. With a base in the body, we will explore the potential of attuning to inner balance through guided meditations, instructions, silence, sitting and walking and time for questions.

Kristina Baré is an insight meditation teacher, therapist, and Somatic Experiencing practitioner. She has trained primarily in the
Burmese lineages of Ven. Mahasi Sayadaw and Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw.
She enjoys supporting students in deepening samadhi and insight.
Opening the door to an expansion of the heart and to liberating
wisdom. In support of the Buddha’s teachings, Kristina also draws
on knowledge from Western psychology and Somatic
Experiencing. She invites a kind, patient, and embodied approach
as a base for samadhi and insight meditation practices.
Kristina’s talks at the Sunday Night Sit will focus on the 10 Paramis. They will be based on
Ajahn Sucitto’s online book, Parami – Ways to Cross Life’s Floods.

 

2023/11/12 Day two audio from Howard Cohn Retreat

These audio files are from day two of Howard Cohn’s retreat titled “Wings of Awakening”

 

2023/11/11 Day one audio from Howard Cohn Retreat

These audio files are from Howard Cohn’s retreat titled “Wings of Awakening”

 

2023/10/22 Audio from Tempel Smith Retreat

The following audio files were recorded at Goward House in Victoria during a one day retreat presented by Tempel Smith on October 22nd 2023.

 

2023/09/23 Audio for Brock Brown Retreat

The following Audio files were recorded at Goward House in Victoria on the 23rd of October, 2023. when Brock Brown presented a one day retreat.

 

2023/06/11 Ajahn Tiradhammo Retreat audio

The following audio files were recorded at Goward House in Victoria on Sunday the 11th of June, 2023 where Ajahn Tiradhammo presented a one day retreat.