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Going Against the Grain: Exploring the Buddha's Four Noble Truths

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by Jen Legge (subscribe)
Canadian girl living and loving Melbourne. Mum, freelance writer and chaser of all experiences worth talking about.
Get your zen on at this one-day urban meditation retreat
It's a busy world, a busy life. If you're anything like me, we pack our days full of the dynamic facets of our lives and, at times, can push ourselves beyond our capacity, losing touch with our inner peace.

Sometimes we need to take a step away, retreat from the usual grind of our daily existence and challenges to refuel, recharge and refresh.

Photo from Melbourne Insight Meditation Group website

Going against the Grain; Exploring the Buddha's Four Noble Truths

If you're craving a slice of zen, then come along to this one day urban retreat about meditation and the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism on Saturday 26 April. The retreat is hosted by the Melbourne Insight Meditation Group (MIM), a community of meditators practising the tradition of Insight (Vipassana) Meditation, which is rooted on Buddhism.

The retreat, located at the Buddhist Society of Victoria in East Malvern from 9.45am to 4.30pm, features a day of meditation practice and discussion of Buddha's Four Noble Truths. The MIM says that it's these very truths that are paramount in meditation practice to achieve a deeper connection with one's inner wisdom.

Photo from Melbourne Insight Meditation Group website

Wanting to provide a supportive and encouraging environment to all meditators from blossoming beginners to seasoned pros, the MIM doesn't set prices for their sessions or retreats. Instead, they ask that you donate within your financial means. Lunch is not provided at the retreat, it is asked attendees bring a vegetarian packed meal.

The workshop presents ample opportunity for attendees to get well acquainted and comfortable with meditation. Meditation instructions and sitting, lying and walking meditations are all included in the day's itinerary. Additionally, discussion, questions, a Dharma Inquiry and a Dharma talk are included. No bookings are required to take part in the retreat.

The instructor for the retreat, Jess Huon, a regular teacher with MIM, brings her incredibly well established history in meditation and Buddhism into the real world, employing a gentle humour and practical advice about incorporating meditation into daily life. Having been to a few of Jess's sessions at the MIM, I've seen first hand the way she introduces intelligence and levity to meditation, bringing it to a very tangible, attainable level.

Introducing meditation into your busy life is like a breath of fresh air. Take the plunge and you will open your mind, open your heart and expand your soul.

Stay tuned for my upcoming review on Melbourne's best places to learn meditation.
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Why? It will invite a sense of connectedness with yourself and with others.
When: Saturday 26 April 2014, 9.45am to 4.30pm
Where: Buddhist Society of Victoria, 71-73 Darling Road, East Malvern
Cost: By donation
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