DATE(S): May 4, 2018 – May 6, 2018
May 4-6, 2018
Cost: $225 early bird if bought by December 31, 2017; $275 as of January 1, 2018
Saturday, May 5 ~ 9:00 – Noon; 2:00 – 5:00 pm
Sunday, May 6 ~ 9:00 – Noon; 2:00 – 5:00 pm
Saturday, May 5 ~ 9:00 am – noon
Awakening the Heart - through training the Mind
In this workshop, we will bring mindful attention to the breath, body, heart and mind. Instruction will follow the traditional four foundations of mindfulness, combined with training in lovingkindness and compassion, through a daily schedule of silent sitting, walking, dharma talks and interviews. Together we will learn that freedom is possible through meeting ourselves, our relationships and our world with deepened wisdom, compassion and acceptance. This workshop is appropriate for both beginning and experienced dharma students.
Saturday, May 5 ~ 2:00 – 5:00 pm
Breaking the addiction to our minds
The first foundation of mindfulness asks us to direct our full attention our bodies and the sensations created by the breath. In order to be fully present with the breath and body we have learn how to ignore our thinking mind. This proves to be the initial challenge in meditation as we break our addiction to the minds tendency to wander in the future and past. – Mindfulness of breathing. – To recognize, accept, investigate, and disengage from the thinking mind. – Embodied awareness of the impermanent nature of all sensation.
Sunday, May 6 ~ 9:00 am – noon
Taking Refuge – Becoming a Refuge – Providing a Refuge Committing to the practices and principles of Awakening
We are always taking refuge in something, for most it is seeking safety and happiness in material things and sensual pleasures. Those of us who have seen the truth that our happiness will never come from outside ourselves begin to seek a reliable internal refuge, a way of practice and lifestyle that supports being wise and compassionate. In Buddhism this is called taking refuge in our own potential for awakening, the path that leads to awakening and the community that supports us on the path. Overall, this day long will be focused on this framework and the core teachings of the Buddha’s Four Noble Truths.
Sunday, May 6 ~ 2:00 – 5:00 pm
The Four Foundations of Mindfulness
In the Buddhist tradition of uncovering the heart and minds’ natural qualities of Wisdom and Compassion through meditation, this weekend workshop focuses on the practices of mindfulness that allow us to access the freedom we seek from within. We will learn to develop mindfulness in sitting, walking, eating and hot-springs meditations. Instructions in meditation will be offered. This retreat is suitable for beginning and long-term practitioners.