Dharma.house was founded in 2016, as a complementary offer to traditional meditation centres. Our mission is to inspire, and show by example that it is possible to create, another way of life, free from ordinary pettiness, free from complaining about our circumstances and free from mental rigidity.

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Developing mindfulness in daily life

led by Denis Wallez,

Saturday 20th (7am) – Sunday 21st (7pm) January 2018,

at the house,

in English.

The ideal of Buddhism is not a stone-cold, indifferent ‘meditator’ sitting in front of a wall: indifference isn't equanimity. Under the umbrella term ‘meditation’, there are practices to cultivate not only calm but also mindfulness. Mindfulness is manifested by a kind, compassionate alertness, a readiness to respond based on a situation at hand, and an attentive willingness to be constructive. When combined with calm (a restraint from panic or rush), mindfulness becomes helpful for all involved in the situation.

Practicalities

Cancelled

2 days of instructions, questions&answers, experiments and exploration (including some periods of silence). 2–3 nights: arrive on Friday evening, leave on Sunday evening or Monday.

Standard rate, per person: € 200 + dāna

If your circumstances do not allow you to afford such a rate, please contact us to explore alternatives or to apply for a bursary.

See also the Frequently Asked Questions page.

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Detailed program

A week-end is a short retreat period, so we will follow a sequence of quick alternating instructions and personal experiments, which is best to learn. In general, the instructions will take about 10–15 minutes and will be followed by 15 minutes of walking meditation and 20 minutes of seated meditation, then a 25 minutes break (to reflect, have a drink, stretch one's legs…). Some longer breaks at lunch and at the end of the afternoon will allow you to go for walks, to relax in the garden, to read…

Both days start at 07:00, however there's plenty of time for breakfast, shower, etc. between 08:00 and 09:30. No need to panic!

Saturday: from calm to awareness

On the first day, we'll have significant periods of silence (5 hours in the morning, 4.5 hours in the afternoon), to calm the mind enough for the experiments of the second day to be useful.

07:00 silence starts

12:00 silence stops

free time + lunch

14:00 silence restarts

(last exercise ends around 17:20)

18:30 silence stops

free time + dinner

20:00–22:00: one-to-one, half-hour conversations with Denis, for half of the participants

Sunday: responding creatively with awareness

07:00 formal practice starts

12:00 formal practice stops

free time + lunch

14:00 informal practice restarts

(last exercise ends around 17:20)

18:20 concluding remarks

free time + dinner

20:00–22:00 one-to-one, half-hour conversations with Denis, for the remaining participants