Rebel Dharma - 'So I meditate - now what?!'
When we enter the Buddhist path, we often start meditating diligently (OK, somewhat diligently, maybe). After a while, we start to feel the effect of the practice.
Our minds begin to quieten down, we start to get in touch with our inner world: beautiful experiences, difficult experiences, all experiences. However, we do not meditate for meditation’s sake. There has to be a way to take everything that we learned on the cushion back into the world and our daily lives.
During this retreat - with its unique schedule and atmosphere - we will look within ourselves, exploring how the Buddhist practice influences the way we approach ourselves and the world around us. We will also explore new ways of integrating the results of our practice and the practice itself into our daily lives.
Maybe, just maybe, we might find that freedom can be found in life itself and that an integrated way of practising offers an opportunity for ultimate liberation.
Frank Uyttebroeck is a dharma teacher at the Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society in Los Angeles, representing Against the Stream in Europe as core teacher at ‘tegen de stroom in’ in the Netherlands. When not teaching dharma classes or leading Buddhist retreats in Europe and the US, Frank also works as a palliative caregiver and personal counsellor.