Empty and Aware

A One-Day Online Retreat with Guy and Sally Armstrong

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Explore an experience-orientated practice related to the nature of awareness that will be familiar to those following the Mahamudra and Dzogchen traditions.

In the Buddhist tradition, awareness can be understood as closely related to consciousness, our individual capacity to know the world through our six senses. In this daylong retreat, through talks and meditation instructions, we will train to recognize this knowing capacity in our direct experience. Recognizing awareness in this way offers us a refuge that is to some extent independent of the contents of sense consciousness. Once we are familiar with the recognition of awareness, we begin to see that it provides an excellent foundation for discovering the truth of emptiness, the lack of center or substance in things. We will investigate emptiness in relation to our self, to sense phenomena, and to awareness itself. These understandings help to release the mind from its habitual tendency to grasp after the ungraspable and to cling to concepts and views. Through this release we discover a dimension of our mind that is inherently free.

Of the course of this daylong retreat, you’ll meet with Guy and Sally for two two-hour live Zoom sessions of teachings and meditation practices before finishing the day with a one-hour Q&A (also over Zoom) where you can ask them your questions and receive practice guidance.

The teachings in this retreat are designed for someone who is familiar with basic insight meditation practices, but will also be beneficial for experienced students as well as those just starting their exploration of emptiness. No matter where you’re starting from, this intensive one-day experience will help you dive deeper into your practice.

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About Your Teachers

Guy Armstrong

Guy Armstrong has been leading insight meditation retreats since 1984 in the U.S., Europe, and Australia. His training included living as a monk for a year in the Thai forest lineage. Guy is a member of the Spirit Rock Teachers Council and a guiding teacher of the Insight Meditation Society. He lives in Woodacre, CA. Guy is the author of Emptiness: A Practical Guide for Meditators and the corresponding Wisdom Academy course, Emptiness: A Practical Course for Meditators.

Sally Armstrong began practicing vipassana meditation in India in 1981 and started teaching in 1996. She is a member of the Spirit Rock Teachers Council and has served as a co-guiding teacher at Spirit Rock. She developed and led Spirit Rock’s Dedicated Practitioners Program and Advanced Practitioner Program. She has a keen interest in supporting students who want to deepen their practice and understanding. She regularly teaches retreats on themes such as metta and concentration, as well as the multi week retreats at Spirit Rock and the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts.


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