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Investigating the Elements with Cator Shachoy and Sakula

A Three Day Non-Residential Retreat

Investigating the Elements – with Cator Shachoy and Sakula









Friday, September 1st – 7:00pm – 9:00pm,

Saturday, September 2nd – 9:00am – 4:00pm (potluck lunch)

Sunday Sila, September 3rd – 10:00am – 11:30am

You may come for any or all events. No late arrivals on Saturday. Potluck lunch, please bring a dish to share. Donations for Cator and the Center are gratefully accepted.

Everything in this world, including ourselves,  is composed of the elements Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Space and Consciousness. These elements are traditional practices for contemplations prescribed by the Buddha. When we turn the minds towards them, we can begin to break down our perception of self and other, and the nature of all experience. The elements are a wonderful tool for investigating the three characteristics of Anicca, Anatta and Dukkha. Ov the course of this weekend we’ll use meditation and mindful movement to cultivate awareness of the elements inside and out.

Cator Shachoy sat her first 10 day vipassana retreat with teh Amaravati nuns at IMS in 1993. She began the practices of Insight meditation, yoga and energy healing in 1990 to heal a chronic illness. Through regular practice of these disciplines she regained her strength and vitality. Cator eaches yoga and meditation and is in private practice as a Craniosacral Practitioner. Cator has been a lay supporter of Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery in Redwood Valley since moving to SF bay area in 1996. Cator considers both Ruth Denison (while she was living) and Luang Por Pasanno are her primary teachers.

Sakula came into contact with Buddhism through an internet search that led her to a beginners course at the Dharma Rain Zen Center in 1995. Two years later she met Luang Por Pasanno and co-abbot of Abhayagiri (now abbot of AmaravatiAjahn Amaro  and immediately felt at home.  Luang Por accepted her as his lay student, eventually giving her the Pali name Sakula meaning One of Good Family. In 2001, Sakula was invited by the venerables to join eleven others in a three-and a half year training. The group graduated in 2004 as the Community of Abhayagiri Lay Ministers, or C.A.L.M.

Sakula is the Spiritual Director of Portland Friends of the Dhamma and is present for meditation and reflections for the Sunday Sila Program.