With Dave Smith, 8 – 13 February, 2015: During this five-day Insight Meditation retreat we will focus our attention on our breath, body, heart and mind. The instructions will be based upon the Four Foundations of Mindfulness in combination with exercises in loving-kindness and compassion.
A recent workshop facilitated by New Life transpersonal counselor Samina Khan addressed the emotion that fuels self-destructive patterns and thoughts: shame. It can take many forms and is attached to as diverse spheres of our lives. Learn more about how we can deal with our shame:
One of the highlights of our week here at New Life is our Wednesday evening visit to Wat Pah Yen Bun, a nearby forest monastery. It’s a chance for us to spend time with Ajarn Jiw, who leads the monastery, listen to dhamma talks, and practice meditation and chanting…
We try to include 3 components to our meditation here at New Life: concentration practice to calm our ‘monkey mind’, Vipassana or ‘insight’ meditation to gain wisdom, and heart-opening practices like Metta or ‘loving-kindness’ meditation to bring warmth, kindness, joy and compassion into our practice.
Never heard of gac fruit? Neither had we, until we encountered them in juice form at Brown Rice Organic Bistro in Chiang Mai, where our Thai cook Pi Pen headed for a vegetarian cooking course. Hence, our new agricultural project was born.
Here at New Life we meditate on a different topic every week during the morning community meeting. We recently focused on the practice of being with the way things are. What does it mean to, ‘Be with the way things are?’
The New Life spirit shone through on Friday June 27 when our troops headed into busy Chiang Rai city to perform their flashmob. They were stopped twice (!) by security at Chiang Rai plaza but undeterred, managed to deliver an incredible performance over at Big C.