During this silent retreat we will explore how the Buddha's teachings offer a path to inner peace, freedom and the compassionate heart. Awareness as developed through mindfulness practice and love (Metta) are the essential ingredients to any spiritual life. Awareness leads to clarity, insight and understanding. Love opens the heart, allows a kind embrace of ourselves and connects us intimately with all of life. The fusion of love and mindfulness supports a compassionate response to the pain that we encounter in ourselves and in life.
In this retreat of meditation practice we will discover how these qualities are intimately related and mutually supportive and why they are necessary in any journey of awakening in learning to live wisely and kindly in the world. We will draw guidance from the teachings and practices of the Buddha and inspiration from the life of Martin Luther King who beautifully expressed in his words and actions the power of compassion and its response to suffering and injustice in the world.
This retreat will include comprehensive meditation instruction for sitting and movement meditation, as well as talks, group discussions and mindful movement. Suitable for beginning and experienced students. Time in retreat allows us to step out of the complexity of our life, to listen deeply to our body, heart and mind.
Retreatants are encouraged to practice mindfulness in a continuous way, staying with their own present experience as it unfolds, moment to moment. In this silent and mindful environment, awareness sharpens, the body quiets, the mind clears, and space opens for insight and understanding to develop. Three healthy vegetarian meals are provided for participants and dietary restrictions are accommodated to whenever possible.
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