In his early twenties, Jim’s spiritual angst led him to the experiential practice of meditation: Christian meditation, Transcendental Meditation (TM), and then Zen Buddhist meditation.
In 1980 Jim began practicing Zen meditation and soon after became a student of Roshi Philip Kapleau of the Rochester Zen Center. After completing his formal training in Zen, Jim began practicing with senior Vipassana teachers in the Theravada Buddhist tradition.
Today, Jim offers a balanced, direct approach to practices that point directly to the heart of the teachings. He teaches Insight Meditation at Satipañña Insight Meditation Toronto.
Jim has written two books: Lotus in the Fire and Old Pond: The Teachings of the Elders.
Randy Baker began practicing Zen meditation in 1977 as a student of Roshi Philip Kapleau. His Zen training included 10 years on staff at the Rochester Zen Center. After practicing Zen for 20 years, Randy took up the practice of Vipassana. He has since worked with a number of well known Western Vipassana teachers.
Theme: Overcoming Obstacles to Awakening
This retreat will focus on recognizing and working with the hindrances. The Buddha’s teaching encourages us to turn our difficulties into objects of meditation for the purpose of deepening our understanding. Mindfulness reveals the deep-seated patterning of the mind that obscures its innate luminosity and peace.
The retreat is held in silence focusing on walking and sitting meditation. There will be talks by the teachers and guided meditation instruction. Private interviews with Jim and Randy will be available during this retreat. Both teachers have over 35 years of experience in Zen Buddhist and Vipassana meditation.
Location: The Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre at 102 Greenview Ave. in Britannia Park in Ottawa. Please note that the whole community centre has been rented out for this event.
Costs: $50 for OBS members and $60 for non-members. For those interested in becoming an OBS member, the cost of an annual membership is $30, and can be applied for online.
Retreat Registration: Begins Feb. 13th. For more information about this retreat and to register online, please visit: