Meditation at the Monastic Academy combines old school, industrial-strength monastic training with modern and pragmatic pedagogy.
The Monastic Academy makes use of Shinzen Young’s Unified Mindfulness framework.
This framework gives a radically clear, practical and empowering approach to the art of meditation.
Soryu Forall, our guiding teacher, did extensive training in the Rinzai Zen tradition. The traditional Zen influence is seen in many aspects of the training, including; one-on-one interviews between teacher and student, a focus on practice in motion (e.g. while doing chores or walking), and the strict and exacting standard of practice.
The modern and pragmatic influence is seen in the permission to explore a wide variety of meditation techniques from all spiritual traditions (e.g. breath practice, noting, compassion, non-dual practice, yoga, and Native American ceremony); opportunities to engage in creative activities such as art, music, and dance; extremely clear conceptual frameworks for practice; talks that cover both traditional Buddhist topics and non-traditional contemporary topics (such as psychological research, greek philosophy, and recent podcasts).
The goal of contemplative practice at the Monastic Academy is classical enlightenment, a radical transformation of the mind and the going beyond of all perspectives.