During this weekend we will explore mindfulness of the feeling tones, which is the second foundation of the practice of mindfulness (after mindfulness of the body).
First the different aspects of mindfulness will be presented. Then, we will try to define feeling tones. The Pali term ‘vedana’ refers to the affective tone of experience. Finally, we will explore how be mindful of feeling tones.
When we come into contact through one of our six senses with the environment, we experience a pleasant, unpleasant or neither pleasant nor unpleasant feeling tone. It is important to see that feeling tones are constructed, they are not a given, they do not reside in the object we come in contact with.
It is vital to be aware of feeling tones as they arise extremely fast and have a profound impact on our behavior. And on the way we experience our world, since feeling tones like ‘pleasant’ and ‘unpleasant’ are not a given.
The teaching will include seminars, discussions and spiritual exercises.
The weekend will include periods of practice and times for discussion.
For new and experienced Dharma practitioners.