The body's like a ball of foam
and feeling is like a bubble;
perception is like a mirage,
formations like pithless trees
and consciousness is like a trick
No essence is discovered here.
S 22:95 (Pali Canon)
"...the mind's nature is inherently radiant. Its brightness is not something that we have to produce, rather it is the intrinsic nature of mind, the citta." - Ajahn Amaro in Silent Rain
"See the five aggregates to be empty of nature. Emptiness is form. Form is emptiness. Emptiness is no other than form; form is no other than emptiness. In the same way feeling, perception, formation, and consciousness are emptiness." - Heart Sutra
Citta 101 is a support for sanghas, for sangha leaders and for committed practitioners. Our focus is on life experience as meditation. We understand this fullness of experience to be the most fundamental skill in sharing the Dharma.
Founder, Mary Rees established this website in 1998. She has been teaching mindfulness and insight since 1989, integrating mindfulness into professional settings since 1985, and offering relational practice since 2001. She was active in establishing Insight Meditation Houston at its inception in 1988 when Rodney Smith left Houston, and was active in that group as long as Rodney was its Guiding Teacher (until 2001). During those year she maintained its first website; taught beginning courses; organized and managed several retreats a year, including ten day retreats; and initiated the effort to create a retreat center, the Margaret Austin Center.