This Sunday Shaila Catherine will join our weekly hybrid meeting via Zoom. The meeting is open to the public either via Zoom or in person. See details on attending below.
Still Mountain Buddhist Meditation Center proudly hosts a special dharma talk by Shaila Catherine, an experienced and well-regarded Vipassana meditation teacher and author. This is a special online event open to all meditators in Michigan and beyond, on the occasion of publication of her new book, Beyond Distraction: Five Practical Ways to Focus the Mind. She will share her teachings and insights from her new book, including learning how to overcome distraction in meditation practice and develop clarity in relationships, work, and daily life.
We create habits by repeating a thought or action over and over again. In this book, Shaila Catherine offers an accessible strategy for training the mind that is guided by the Buddha’s prgmatic instructions on removing distracting thoughts. Following the Buddha’s approach, she guides you through five steps for overcoming distraction and focusing the mind: replacing, examining, ignoring, investigating, and resolving.
Beyond Distraction will help you unlock the incredible capacities of your mind to think clearly, reflect deeply, discern what is real, and pay attention to what is actually happening in your life. By working with this training, you can develop skills to recognize the nature of your own mind and free yourself from habitual thought patterns.
The five-step training boils down to one key realization. In the moment when you recognize that a thought is just a thought, you will find yourself on the path to a life of remarkable freedom.
Whether you are a beginner who struggles to tame a restless mind or an advanced meditator who strives to deepen concentration and insight, the techniques to remove distracting thoughts can help you cultivate clarity and stability in your meditation practice and beyond.
To attend in person, you must:
- be fully vaccinated against COVID-19,
- wear a mask while indoors,
- and complete the ResponsiBLUE Daily Screening Check.
We will also ask for your name and contact information when you arrive in the unlikely event that we need to contact you for contact tracing purposes. If you are unable to complete the Screening Check before you arrive, we can assist you on site. Please arrive ten minutes early so we have time to complete and verify these forms before the start of the sitting.
or, Join the Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 864 5811 2312
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