Urban Retreat Audios
and Dancing into Dreamtime
My preferred format for presenting the basic principles of Hollow Bamboo Dharma is a
gathering I call Urban Retreat. Urban Retreat generally takes place over three successive evenings,
or over a weekend, and allows you to experience this unique and deeply body-oriented approach to sitting
meditation practice without having to disrupt your life by leaving home, family, and occupation and entering into long
retreat. In May of 2015 I taught a three evening Urban Retreat at the offices of Dharma Ocean in Boulder, Colorado. It was
a particularly strong gathering, and the entire retreat was recorded. I then transcribed and edited those recordings and
re-recorded everything at Blue Light Studio in Vancouver, Canada. They are now available to you.
On the first evening I speak of kindling the awareness of the feeling presence of the body and offer the basic instructions on establishing the three components of the posture of meditation: the alignment of the upright torso, the deep relaxation of the body, and the allowing of subtle, constant, motions throughout the body in response to the breath.
On the second evening I present the practice of breathing through the whole body through exploring the practices of The Breath of the Unfolding Fern, The Portal Meditation, and Breathing in the Six Directions.
The third evening session reviews the principles of the first two evenings and then presents strategies for dealing with pain in the body and runaway thoughts in the mind. I share the mantra of breathing through the whole body and conclude with an examination of the role of the shoulders in sitting practice.
My suggestion is that you set aside three consecutive days or evenings, sit down in meditation posture, and listen to the recordings as you go through your own private version of Urban Retreat.
In keeping with my strong belief that Dharma teachings need to be given away as freely as possible, I offer you the three evenings of recordings as a free download. Donations are appreciated and help support the sharing of these teachings. If you would like to offer a donation for the gift of these teachings, click on the Dana link on my website’s store.
My oldest son, who runs a state-of-the-art recording studio in Vancouver, recently came across a recording I made in the 1980s and digitized and remastered it. It’s an album of New Age Trance electric guitar that uses a digital delay and a primitive version of a looper. I still find the music extraordinarily beautiful, and I daresay it’s not like any guitar music you’ve ever heard. It may surprise you to hear that, other than on two of the tracks, nothing is overdubbed. I would create dance events and play this music live, but I would only let people in who were open to surrendering to the music and dancing through the entire performance. If you enjoy what you hear, I’d appreciate your going to my website Store and offer a donation through the Dana button. Play on a high quality sound system and . . . enjoy!