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Panyaden Meditation Retreat for Teachers

DSCF5739 Panyaden teachers at meditation retreat in Chiang Rai
Thai teachers spent 5 days at Wat Pa Yen Boon in Chiang Rai on our annual meditation retreat for teachers, led by Venerable Ajahn Jiew. Each dawn began with a misty walk through the rice fields to collect alms offered by the local villagers.

DSCF5750 Morning alms collection, Panyaden meditation retreat for Thai teachers DSCF5800 Panyaden School meditation retreat for Thai teachers DSCF5852 Panyaden School meditation retreat for Thai teachers

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Meditation Retreat for Parents

Phra Ajahn Jiew at Panyaden School CHiang Mai
Parents are warmly invited to attend a special one-day meditation retreat this Sunday July 6th at Panyaden School from 8.30am to 3.45pm. Led by Phra Ajahn Jiew from Wat Pa Yen Boon temple in Chiang Rai, guidance will be in both English and Thai. Beginners and more experienced meditators are welcome. Please don’t miss this opportunity! Book your place at the school office.

โรงเรียนมีความยินดีขอเรียนเชิญผู้ปกครองทุกท่านเขา้ร่วมกิจกรรม หนึ่งวันกับการปฏิบัตธรรม
ที่จัดขึ้นเป็นพิเศษในวันอาทิตย์ที่ 6 กรกฎาคมนี้ ที่โรงเรียนปัญญาเด่น ตั้งแต่เวลา 8.30-15.45 น.
นำโดยพรอาจารย์จิ๋วจากวัดป่าเย็นบุญ จ.เชียงราย ซึ่งจะมีการอธิบายทั้งภาษาอังกฤษและภาษาไทย เรายินดีต้อนรับทั้งผู้ที่เพิ่ิงเริ่มฝึกการปฏิบติธรรมและผู้มีประสบการณ์ตรง อย่าพลาด! โอกาสดีๆแบบนี้ ท่านสามารถสำรองที่นั่งได้ที่แผนกธุรการโรงเรียนค่ะ

Stillness In Motion

Cultivating Self-Awareness Through Movement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“When the body moves, know it. When the mind moves, know it.”

Luangpor Teean Jittasubho

 

A ll forms of meditation teach us to focus on one thing – whether it is the breath, a visual or specific words; the aim is to clear our minds of the myriad thoughts that float in an out all the time and to achieve a state of calm self-awareness in the now. Dynamic or Movement meditation is no different. What is interesting about this meditation technique is how natural and ‘normal’ it feels.

Dynamic Meditation* is a form of vipassana or insight meditation developed by Luangpor Teean Jittasubho . It seeks to generate mindfulness and insight through the rhythmic repetition of certain hand and arm movements.

Phra Ajahn Mahadirak Buddhayanando demonstrating the movements at the Meditation Retreat. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDLODHCqPZs

You can easily practise this technique anywhere and anytime by sitting comfortably, standing or walking with your arms folded across your chest or behind your back. You can also meditate lying down.

Keep your eyes open, breathe naturally, observe every step you take and watch your thoughts. You can switch between the four basic postures whenever you want and stay on them for any amount of time that feels right for you. The continuous hand and arm movements developed by Luangpor Teean Jittasubho are simple and repetitive and a good way to calm your mind so as to cultivate awareness of your thoughts and feelings in order to clearly see things as they are.

Awakening Our Minds

This is exactly what our teachers and staff of Panyaden School spent doing this past week (28 Feb – 6 Mar). Meditation retreats such as this allow the staff to take time off to focus on knowing and strengthening their minds (one of the key principles of our school). Any insight developed will help in awakening oneself.

Luangpor Teean Jittasubho believed that “to awaken ourselves means we are not asleep. Our eyes are awake (we can go anywhere); our minds are awake (we watch our thoughts). When we are aware all the time, then panya (knowing or wisdom) will arise and when knowing arises, we are able to cure ourselves or solve our problems…anger, delusion, greed will fade away and be replaced with the calmness of freedom from attachment” (transcribed from youtube video ‘Developing Self-Awareness’).

Sitting Practice: Step by Step

1. Rest the hands palm down on the thighs. 2. Turn the right hand onto its edge, be aware; do it slowly, then stop. Do not say to yourself: “turn the right hand”; being aware is enough. 3. Raise up the right hand, be aware, then stop. 4. Lower the right hand to rest on the abdomen, be aware, then stop. 5. Turn the left hand onto its edge, be aware, then stop.
6. Raise the left hand up, be aware, then stop. 7. Lower the left hand to rest on the right hand, be aware, then stop. 8. Move the right hand up to rest on the chest, be aware, then stop. 9. Move the right hand out, be aware, then stop. 10. Lower the right hand onto its edge on the thigh, be aware, then stop.
11. Face the right palm down, be aware, then stop. 12. Move the left hand up to rest on the chest, be aware, then stop. 13. Move the left hand out, be aware, then stop. 14. Lower the left hand onto its edge on the thigh, be aware, then stop. 15. Face the left palm down, be aware, then stop.

Text and illustrations from Luangpor Teean Jittasubho, A Manual of Self-Awareness, p. 15 – 25. Self-published September, 1994, by Luangpor Teean Jittasubho (Pann Itapew) Foundation.

 

*also known as Mahasati Meditation

Other Sources:

  1. A Study Of The “Dynamic Meditation” Practice Of Luangpor Teean Jittasubho by Mrs. Venica Pookgaman. A Thesis Submitted in Partial Fulfilment of The Requirement for the Degree of Master of Arts (Buddhist Studies), International Master of Arts Degree Programme Graduate School Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University Bangkok, Thailand 2550 BE
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahasati_meditation
  3. https://buddhayanando.blogspot.com/2009/01/luangpor-teean-jittasubho.html
  4. Interview with Phra Ajahn Mahadirak Buddhayanando at Panyaden’s Meditation Retreat