White Heron Sangha

Strategies for Overcoming Distracting Thoughts - Weekend Retreat with Shaila Catherine

  • 01 Dec 2018
  • 9:30 AM
  • 02 Dec 2018
  • 3:30 PM
  • White Heron Sangha Meditation Center, 6615 Bay Laurel Pl, Avila Beach
  • 7


  • The retreat fee covers both days but does not include a payment to the teacher. The teachings are given on a donation basis only. Please be generous with your offering to the teacher. Details for the teacher donation will be provided at the retreat.
  • * The retreat price is $50, but if you can't afford the full retreat fee, please pay what you can, either by mail or at the door.
  • Help with retreat tasks before, during, or after retreat in lieu of fee. Contact Sharon Rippner: (805) 909-0405.

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White Heron Sangha welcomes you to a two-day non-residential retreat at our White Heron Meditation Center in Avila Village with Shaila Catherine, an American Buddhist meditation teacher and author in the Theravādan tradition, who is known for her expertise in insight meditation and jhāna practices. 

Mental restlessness is an insidious and pervasive hindrance that practitioners struggle to overcome.  

We can refine our skills for working with the modes of thinking that distract us from being mindful and attentive: critical thoughts, planning, worrying, lustful thoughts, judging, memories, and internal commentaries, to name a few. 

The teachings in this weekend retreat are based on Suttas 19 and 20 in the Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha, one of the major collections of texts in the Pali Canon. They present a sequence of strategies for dealing with obstructive mental patterns that can arise during mindfulness and concentration practice as well as in daily activities.

The retreat is appropriate for all levels of practice. Silence will be observed, unless directed otherwise by the teacher.

Shaila Catherine is the founder of Bodhi Courses, an online dhamma classroom, and Insight Meditation South Bay, a Buddhist meditation center in Silicon Valley in California. She has been practicing meditation since 1980, accumulating more than eight years of silent retreat experience, and has taught internationally since 1996.

She studied with masters in India, Thailand, and Nepal, and also with the founders of western meditation centers. She completed a one-year intensive meditation retreat with the focus on concentration and jhāna, and authored Focused and Fearless: A Meditator’s Guide to States of Deep Joy, Calm, and Clarity.

Shaila practiced intensively under the direction of Venerable Pa-Auk Sayadaw for nine years, absorbing a precise and rigorous approach to śamatha and vipassanā that continues to inform her teaching. She authored Wisdom Wide and Deep: A Practical Handbook for Mastering Jhāna and Vipassanā to help make these techniques accessible to western practitioners.

Saturday, December 1, 2018, 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Sunday, December 2, 2018, 9:30AM - 3:30PM

Where: Our meditation center is in Avila Village, behind the Woodstone Marketplace, near the Bob Jones Trail: 
White Heron Sangha Meditation Center, 6615 Bay Laurel Pl, Avila Beach, CA 93424 (map and pictures). Parking is alongside the buildings with overflow parking behind Blue Heron Realty. Do not park in front of Woodstone Marketplace! See the arrows for parking in the bottom photo. Our building is circled.

$50, ($25 for young adults) for both days, which covers the expenses of the Sangha in putting on the event, but does not include a payment to the teacher.

Plan on attending both days in order to appreciate fully the teachings. Arrangements can be made if the fee is excessive for you. 

The teachings are offered freely. The retreat fee covers retreat expenses; none of the retreat fee goes to the teacher. Details on how to donate to the teacher (cash or check only) and to support the White Heron Sangha will be provided at the retreat. We try to keep our retreat fees at a minimum so that you can be truly generous with your donation to the teacher. 

You can register and pay online (through PayPal, including credit card) or send a check to White Heron Sangha, PO Box 870, Morro Bay, CA 93443. Pre-registration and payment are required, as space is limited for this retreat.  Registration fee will be refunded in full if notice of cancellation is received at least one week prior to retreat.  

More information about White Heron Sangha retreats

Bring your lunch and a cup, if possible. Tea and light snacks will be provided. Chairs and meditation cushions will be available. You might want to bring a shawl and extra cushions, if you use them. No dogs are allowed in the building except for service dogs. For questions, contact Brian Walker, revbrian.walker@gmail.com.


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