Meditation Workshops and Retreats with Doug Kraft
In his day-long meditation workshops and retreats, Doug Kraft guides participants how to cultivate wise-attention and kindness as a direct path to wisdom and liberation. This approach to meditation is the application of mindful ease and relaxation as a means to experience rapid progress in the stages of meditation.
The aganda includes specific instructions for practicing kindness and wisdom meditation based on the earliest discourses of the Buddha. Doug will describe and instruct a method of practice that has become known as the 6R's. This a mindfulness meditation method recently rediscovered and practiced by monks and lay people world wide. The sessions blend precise instructions with periods of silent meditation. Doug encourages questions and offers valuable perspectives to establishing a rich and rewarding personal daily practice.
Retreats are ideal for beginners or advanced meditators who wish to deepen their practice. They are especially helpful for people who have practiced Vipassana, Zen, Raja Yoga, and similar wisdom traditions. Doug will talk about the development of jhanas or sublime state of awakening in meditation along with the contemplation of loving-kindess to access the Brahamaviharas as a path of insight.
About Doug Kraft
Doug Kraft began meditation training in 1975 and is just as enthuisitic about meditating today as he was then. He is a senior student of Bhante Vimalaramsi. He has also studied with other Theravada teachers including John Travis, Ajahn Tong, Larry Rosenberg, Corrado Pensa, Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg, Christopher Titum, Joanna Macy, and Andy Olendski to name a few. Doug has also trained with Korean Zen Master, Sahn Seung, Tibetan Mingur Rinpoche, and Siddha Yoga guru Muktananda, and (back in the day) Ram Dass, Pir Vilat Khan, Salvador Rouchet, Emmanuel, and Jean Houston.
But behind it all, Doug loves delving into human nature and teaching meditation. He conducts meditation classes and daylong retreats in the greater Sacramento area. Doug is also a counselor, therapist, and retired Unitarian Universalist Minister who lives with his wife, son, and two cats.
Learn more about and the practices he teaches at www.DougKraft.com
California & Hawaii Retreats
Kindness and Wisdom Retreat with Doug Kraft, November 28 - December 7, 2015 at the Mercy Center, Auburn California.
Tranquil Insight Wisdom Meditation with Bhante Vimalaramsi,
February 12-21, 2016 at the Kirpal Meditation and Ecological Center, Pahoa, on the Big Island of Hawaii.
March 23- April 1, 2016 at the St. Francis Retreat Center, San Juan Bautista, California.
Bhante Vimalaramsi is a distinguished American Buddhist monk with nearly forty years of meditation practice. He is regarded as a master meditation teacher and leads retreats in Europe, Asia, and North America.