Parami – ‘perfections,’ – are daily life practices that give the mind a firm ground in Dhamma.
This retreat was to be a different one, with the practice structured around the Anapanasati Sutta, the Buddha’s instructions on developing mindfulness.
This time of crisis may put us in touch with our physical vulnerability and the vulnerability of our social and economic life. This can frighten us into being scattered and hardened or it can invite us to be tender and open.
This very body in it’s settled-ness offers us a teaching. We’re using the body to train the mind.