This classic meditation retreat supports mastery of the sixteen stages of insight through the practice of the seven paths of purification.
Through vipassana or insight practice we cultivate mindfulness and awareness, with the ultimate aim of final liberation of the mind from greed, hatred and delusion. When we purify our minds and bodies of these defilements, our original pure nature––awakening itself––is what remains.
The framework we’ll use is the classical seven stages of purification from Buddhaghosa’s 5th-century text Visuddhimagga (Path of Purification). Through these seven highly embodied, experiential stages, we develop various phases of insight knowledge, leading up to ultimate liberation.
Through bare insight or direct observation, we perceive our own physical and mental processes as impermanent, subject to suffering, and without an inherent independent self.
This retreat’s daily intensive meditation practice is essential to support the intellectual learning in classes. Body contemplation will be central to this practice. As our practice deepens, insight knowledges unfold in order as a natural outcome.