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Online DAY-LONG Retreat: Engaged Ānāpānasati with Tan Nisabho
April 25 @ 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Mindfulness of breathing, or ānāpānasati, is frequently taught as the practice of simply bringing attention to a single point or quality of breath. However, the active minds of meditators today sometimes fail to grow calm through this approach. Using the sixteen steps of the Ānāpānasati Sutta and other canonical teachings, this retreat explores an approach to mindfulness of breathing as a multi-faceted engagement of energies able to quiet and illuminate even the most restless mind.
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8am Buddha Vandana + Eight Precepts
8:15 am Dhamma Talk
9:00 am Break
9:15 am Guided Meditation
10:00 am Silent Work Period (On Your Own)
11:00 am Lunch (On Your Own)
12pm Break (On Your Own)
2pm Dhamma Talk /Q&A
3pm Personal Practice (On Your Own)
5pm Break (On Your Own)
6.15pm Dhamma Talk
7pm Closing Blessings
After finishing college in 2012, “Tahn” Nisabho left his native Washington to go forth as a Buddhist monk in Thailand. He received full ordination the following spring under Ajahn Anan, a senior disciple of renowned meditation master, Ajahn Chah, and spent the following years training in forest monasteries throughout Thailand, Australia, and the US. While staying with some of the lineage’s most respected teachers, he grew to believe the Thai Forest Tradition’s balance of communal life with solitary forest dwelling, careful adherence to the monastic precepts, and focus on meditation represented a faithful embodiment of the original Buddhist path. Moreover, his time with contemporary masters such as Ajahn Anan, Ajahn Pasanno, and Ajahn Jayasaro, convinced him that such a path could yield great fruit in the heart even amidst the complexities of modern life.
In 2020, after nearly eight years in robes, Tahn Nisabho returned to the Northwest hoping to help establish a refuge of Dhamma and practice near Seattle. The region’s beauty and spiritual leanings seemed a good fit for a forest monastery, and a sister center, the Cascade Hermitage, was also taking root a few hours East in Winthrop, WA. With the aspiration that the new monastery might, like Mount Rainier, represent an ageless transcendence grown from ancient roots, the name “Clear Mountain Monastery” was chosen (https://www.clearmountainmonastery.org/).