Nelson Buddhist Centre

The Art of Seeing - The Four Foundations of Mindfulness

Mon November 8th – Fri November 12th

If asked to draw someone’s face, most of us will produce a sketch which a ten year old could do! A mistaken representation of the reality. Why is that? It is not because we lack the ability to use a pencil, it is because we don’t draw what we see, we draw a concept of what we see. So a face has an oval outline, eyes have such and such a shape etc. This is not what we are actually looking at. Similarly, our ordinary experiences are filled with conceptual constructions. Objects are conceptual constructs. Are we living with a mistaken view of reality? The Buddha taught the Four Foundations of Mindfulness to penetrate through the veils of concepts to a hidden richness underlying them. The retreat will be in two parts. In the mornings we will learn how to draw what is there, not what we conceive to be there. This is not a course to teach you to be an artist though you may get better at drawing! The afternoons will be mainly meditation practice with guidance. As we learn in the morning to draw what we see, in the afternoons we will begin to recognise the actual experience beneath the layers of concepts.

9.00 am to 5.00 pm daily. There will be a lunch break from 12:00 to 2:00 pm


$25 (Free to members of the Nelson Buddhist Centre) + donation for the teaching.


Nelson Buddhist Centre
87 Nile Street East