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Talk Series

Dharma Teacher Fred Eppsteiner

Looking Deeply: The Buddhist Meditative Practices of Direct Investigation

Four-day Retreat | January 2011

The cultivation of mindfulness and tranquil abiding allows us to perceive reality more clearly and to live a more peaceful and happy life. The waters of our life become calmer and less murky. Yet, without insight into the nature of reality or true understanding of the nature of ourselves and our mind, we can never experience the depth and profundity of life discovered by the Buddha and all the masters since. Thich Nhat Hanh has continually taught that his students must practice mindfulness (smirti), stopping (samatha) and deep looking (vipashyana) to truly experience the fruits of Dharma practice.

During this retreat, Dharma teacher Fred Eppsteiner offered Buddhist teachings and meditation practices related to vipashyana (vipassana), or the cultivation of insight that produces true wisdom. This refers to our capacity to see into the true nature of reality, i.e. directly understanding the true nature of all mental and physical phenomena. The second training of the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings of the Order of Interbeing instructs us that, truth is found in life, and we will observe life within and around us in every moment. The insight practices of deep looking and investigation that Fred shared during this retreat showed us how to do this.


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