Everyone wants to have a calm and peaceful mind. Much of our restlessness and agitation stems from an untrained mind and lack of clear perception of what's happening in our mind and body moment by moment. Innocently we try to alleviate our stress by dwelling in the past and planning the future. Becoming disembodied and lost in thought, not only do we fail to notice what is happening, we often compound our stress by meeting our experience unkindly.
Howie will show the way to opening to our bodies and our senses and practice meeting our experience with less reactivity and with more interest and kindness. Using the practices of Insight Meditation and loving-kindness, we can deepen our understanding of stress, the causes of stress, the possibility of lessening our stress, and the path leading us to the peace and ease that is our natural state.
Howie is offering this open public talk on Friday evening, sponsored by Insight Meditation Scottsdale, and will be teaching a two-day, non-residential retreat on Saturday and Sunday locally. If you would like to find out more about the retreat, go the the Insight Meditation Scottsdale website, here: Howard Cohn 2 Day Retreat Info
Howard Cohn is a founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in the San Francisco Bay area. He has guided a local sitting group in San Francisco, been in private practice as a psychotherapist and led Vipassana retreats worldwide since 1985. He incorporates the influences of Theravada, Zen, Tibetan Dzogchen and Advaita Vedanta in his teaching, with an emphasis on reawakening our intrinsic freedom. Howie is known by his students for his kindheartedness and warm sense of humor. Among his many teachers and mentors are Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, U Pandita Sayadaw, Tulku Urgyen Rimpoche, Tsoknyi Rimpoche, and the Advaita Vedanta Master H.W.L. Poonja. His most recent guru is his 13 year old daughter, Molly.
He recently published his first book: Invitation to Meditation: How to Find Peace Wherever You Are
Jack Kornfield, the bestselling author and celebrated spiritual teacher, describes his colleague Howie's teaching as “… offer[ing] the immediacy and freshness of what is known in the Zen tradition as ‘beginners mind’ – that is a state of openness to possibility and insights. They give a deep, practical understanding of how to learn the revolutionary art of mindful presence.”