“Sickness and health are in harmony. The whole world is medicine.”
There are many different meditation techniques with differing goals. Some techniques help dis-identify with thoughts and feelings, some help develop compassion, some help quiet the mind. Koan meditation helps us find openings in narrow views of ourselves and loosen the knots around our ideas through integration of various aspects of consciousness.
Starting in Chinese culture 1,400 years ago, koans were often used as a way for regular folks to experience freedom in everyday life. Common people needed an interesting, easy and direct way to experience the limitations of the dualistic tendencies of the mind – good or bad, right or wrong, this or that.
This accessibility is due in part to the relational aspect of koans. John Tarrant teaches koans in a modern way – which is more like the original practice in China. He offers the koan as an opportunity to relate to the ordinary movements of the mind in a new way. There is no need to train the mind or control it to create ideal conditions. Your interaction with the koan is the ideal condition.
Koans are also an excellent means of self inquiry. Sometimes, the ability to see how we tighten ourselves up in knots can have as much benefit as seeing how free we are. Koans aid both in seeing the way we keep ourselves from freedom as well as the spaciousness of freedom available to us. Because they work effortlessly on many levels, they are a unique yet accessible way to practice.
Saturday, November 11th, 9am-12pm
thru Sunday, November 12, 2pm-5pm.
Early Bird Registration: $180 for the weekend, before October 20th
Normal Registration: $190 for the weekend
The Glowing Body Yoga Studio
711 Irwin St.
Knoxville, TN 37917
For information about the retreat, please contact Tammy Kaousias at email@example.com.
Registration is managed through Glowing Body Yoga Studio.