The Awakened Method Retreat: Exploring SOARR practice
One of the critiques of Dharma practice is that it can be rather abstract and inapplicable. We know about the Four Noble Truths and Dependent Co-Origination (the Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching), but how can we use these teachings in our daily lives? This question is the focus of the Awakened Method Retreat.
We will explore a practice, which I created and called it S.O.A.R.R. (S)ituation (O)bservation (A) Arising Behavior (R) Restoration, (R) Reflection. To learn more about the SOARR Practice click here. SOARR practice is directly derived from the Mahasatipatthana Sutta which is one of the pillar suttas of the Buddha’s teaching. Employing SOARR practice, we will observe how the teachings of Gotama (the historical Buddha) can be verified or not verified by reality and how, exactly, does his wisdom assist us in how we can navigate our lives better. So, we will read and reflect before the retreat the thought experiment of from the google sheet titled “Gotama Talk in Central Park” and this will be the reflection material that you can compare as you write your reflections for your SOARR entries during the days up to the retreat. I hope to use the material that you generated for the retreat so we all may share in the insights that you will discover. I hope that this will be an informative practice that you can carry with you in your daily life as a way to process the events of your life and use them for Dharma Practice. Along with dharma discussions, this retreat will also include yoga, qi gong, sitting meditation, mindfulness practice, a dharma talk by me, contemplative nature walks.
As for accomodations: breakfast will consists of eggs, cheese, turkey bacon, waffles with syrup, and cereal with almond milk and regular milk available. If you have special dietary restrictions please let me know. You can bring your own food items for they will be stored in the motorhome refrigerator. Sunday dinner as well as monday lunch and dinner will be potluck. We invite those who are coming to email me (email@example.com) what dish you plan to bring so we can provide an impromptu buffet that all can enjoy.
If you wish, you can bring your own tent and camp outside overnight or sleep in the Class A Motorhome.
The general schedule for the retreat is below. This is not a fixed schedule, but a general outline of our the retreat could go. We may find activities that spontaenously arise that proves benefical for all.
Here is the location of the Loon Lake RV Park.