The Body of Nature
The text we will be studying for our five-day online retreat will be the Anapanasati Sutta (Majjhima Nikaya 118), one of the core texts of traditional Buddhadharma. Anapanasati, or mindfulness of the energies of breathing, occupies a unique zone that includes both tranquility and insight practice. The Anapanasati Sutta provides a remarkably useful series of sixteen contemplations of different aspects of meditation on these energies.
Each day of the retreat we will meet online from 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time (9:00 – 11:00 a.m. CDT) for two hours of study and meditation. Each afternoon from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. PDT (3:00 – 4:30 p.m. CDT) we will meet to talk about technical aspects of meditation, followed by a meditation sit.
Open to all.
Lama Brian McLeod was accepted as a student of the Venerable Namgyal Rinpoche in 1978. Following a five-year period of study and work at the Dharma Centre of Canada from 1984 to 1989 was instructed by Rinpoche to start teaching. He has been leading retreats in Canada and Germany for the past twenty years, and has been the lead teacher of the River and Bridge Dharma Group in Winnipeg since 2007. In addition to dharma teaching, he volunteers in palliative care and is also a Past Master of Empire Masonic Lodge in Winnipeg.
Lama Brian’s teaching is simple, respectful and clear, informed by his work and family life experience. Following his time at the Dharma Centre he lived in the eastern Arctic for seventeen years, working in business and as a senior manager for Inuit political and business organizations. He now lives in Winnipeg, working in mediation (one ‘t’) and organizational development in partnership with his wife Lorraine Thomas. They have two teenage sons. Brian has a degree in Forestry from UBC (forest soils and ecology) and a Master’s degree in dispute resolution from Osgoode Hall Law School.
Program Fee: Dana – the teachings are offered by donation only. It is hoped that people will give generously. Dana (generosity), an expression of your appreciation, is the only income that Buddhist Teachers receive for their guidance, teaching and counsel, and is far more important than what you pay for board and keep. Please give accordingly. It shows your respect for all that the Teacher gives you, in terms of concern, time and effort.
Denman Island, BC V0T 1T0
Retreat Teacher Link
Online Retreat Status