According to the ancients, the awakened mind has no height or depth; all measurements are finite views. In the tradition of the Buddhadharma, the universal teachings of awakening, it is also said that the path begins and ends with samma-ditthi – totality view. How then do you come to totality, the unlimited view, to consciously experience the union you are already in?
Sati, often translated as “mindfulness” in Pali, also means “remembering”. The Buddha’s treatise on sati commences with contemplation of body. By “re-member-ing” the body, by coming to ‘whole-ness’ or ‘totality’ through awareness of body, luminous qualities of mind such as centredness, groundedness and openness reveal themselves.
According to the late Ven. Namgyal Rinpoche,
“You become what you meditate on. Too much dialogue on diagnosis of illness results in a meditation on illness. Where does that get you? Jesus said, ‘Let the dead, bury the dead.’ Your first concern is to be alive. Find the path to health; then from the divine you can diagnose quickly and easily what further work needs to be done.
Unfortunately many people are inclined to breed hysteria, to make molehills into mountains; there is an over-concern with what could go wrong. There should rather be a concern for finding the way to a state of union, a state of health first; then, look at whatever balance there is and see it in perspective. [Then] you will be able to see the causes, symptoms and be able to cure the imbalance.” Unfolding Though Art, p26
By dedicating extended time, immersing oneself through retreat and exploring the “many mansions” of the temple of body guided by Leander, participants can touch directly, multiple dimensions of wholeness such as clarity, non-separateness and spaciousness or other facets of totality mind. Through experiences of both the wholeness and detail of the body prompted by gentle movement, we can release habitual bodily patterns and evoke insights that often surprise. By practising and directly experiencing enhanced qualities of body-mind whilst being safely grounded in body, a depth body-memory of these qualities develops that is easily accessible when walking, standing, sitting and lying down both in the retreat space and subsequently at the supermarket checkout.
For the past thirty years, Leander has dedicated herself to studying, exploring and sharing the Buddhadharma. Her teaching is inspired by Ven. Tarchin Hearn, the late Ven. Namgyal Rinpoche, His Eminence Beru Kyentse Rinpoche, the late Moshe Feldenkries, Ruthie Alon and the late Cecilie Kwiat. Leander is also renowned for her one-to-one healing work with people from all walks of life. She is inspired to share her unique and evolving approach towards unfolding the dharma for the benefit of all.
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