What better way to give thanks than to cultivate clear awareness during this Thanksgiving holiday. In this retreat, Dr. Rebecca Li, a Dharma heir in the lineage of Chan Master Sheng Yen, will guide retreatants in the practice of Chan.
Retreatants will immerse in the practice of Chan within the context of daily life activities - sitting, walking, eating, cleaning up, etc. She will explain how to practice sitting meditation, covering topics ranging from sitting posture to helpful mental attitudes to support one's meditation.
Dharma talks are designed to help practitioners investigate the mind, understand key Dharma concepts and explore common difficulties in Chan practice.
Dr. Li will also offer private interviews to discuss issues related to one's practice both in and outside the retreat.
Rebecca Li, a Dharma heir in the lineage of the Chan Master Sheng Yen, started practicing meditation in 1995. She attended her first intensive retreat with Chan Master Sheng Yen in 1996 and began serving as his interpreter in 1998. She started her teacher's training with Master Sheng Yen in 1999 and started teaching as Dharma and meditation instructor in 2002. Later on, she trained with John Crook and then Simon Child, both Dharma heirs of Master Sheng Yen, to lead intensive retreats and received full Dharma transmission from Simon Child in 2016. Currently, she teaches meditation and Dharma classes, gives public lectures and leads retreats at Dharma Drum centers, university meditation groups and Dharma practice groups mostly in northeastern United States. Some of her talks and writings can be found at www.rebeccali.org. Rebecca is also a professor of sociology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at The College of New Jersey.