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- Kim Allen
Kim Allen has been practicing Insight meditation since 2003 and has trained intensively in the US and Asia. Trained by Gil Fronsdal, she now teaches at Insight Santa Cruz and also offers classes and retreats around the Bay Area and farther afield. Dedicated to a contemplative life of study and practice, she draws from a background in science, meditation, and creativity to offer classical Dhamma in a modern context. Her education includes a Ph.D. in physics and a master’s degree in environmental and social sustainability.
The Inner Strength of Non-Obsession: A Half-Day of Tranquility and Insight Practice – April 11
The Buddha points out that when our mind is obsessed by wanting, ill will, opinions, or other distractions, it is a form of suffering, not only for us but for our wider community. He also says that a mind with little obsession is “well-disposed for awakening” (MN 48). Such a mind is open, flexible, curious, and equanimous. It has a vital inner strength.
The key practice to develop inner strength is samatha, calm abiding, which leads to deep inner joy. From this place, we can observe the changing flow of body and mind and even the wider world. We can cultivate a mind that is strong enough not to be shaken. This is a half-day of practice focused on calming, uplifting, and opening the mind. There will be meditation instructions and Dharma teachings, and plenty of quiet practice.
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