The Four Foundations of Mindfulness: Working with Body, Mind, Thoughts, and Feelings
Oct
11
to Oct 13

The Four Foundations of Mindfulness: Working with Body, Mind, Thoughts, and Feelings

The Four Foundations of Mindfulness is considered one of the most important teachings in Buddhism, particularly with respect to mindfulness meditation. This profound teaching presents four main subjects of contemplation: body, feelings, mind, and thoughts. Simply said, to understand these four subjects is to understand how we are put together as human beings.

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Zazenkai
Aug
4
8:00 AM08:00

Zazenkai

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Zazenkai (All-day sit) presents us with an opportunity to immerse ourselves in zazen. The day includes an extended zazen schedule, liturgy, face-to-face interview with a teacher, a formal talk, and oryoki lunch (formal meal served in the zendo). Zazenkai is an important way for experienced meditators to further their practice and for newer one to take a preparatory step toward the practice of sesshin, a silent meditation retreat.

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Live Lines: Exploring the Four Immeasurables through the Creative Process
Jul
22
12:00 PM12:00

Live Lines: Exploring the Four Immeasurables through the Creative Process

In this retreat, we’ll reflect on the Four Immeasurables—lovingkindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity—and bring them to life through the creative process. Using writing, painting, and live dialogue, we’ll explore these immeasurable qualities by creating our own liturgy and dedications, and by connecting with the sincerity (and playfulness) that opens the heart and mind to these inexhaustible and profound teachings.

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Silence
Apr
20
to Apr 23

Silence

n this retreat we’ll take up various teachings on silence—Buddhist and otherwise—and discuss the role of deep quiet in meditation and the spiritual path. We’ll look at barriers like fear or anxiety that get in the way of our willingness or ability to truly engage silence, and we’ll do short meditations to help us experience it more deeply. More importantly, we’ll hopefully come away with an understanding of silence as the doorway to a realization of ourselves as we truly are: indivisible.

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The Perfection of Patience
Mar
3
10:00 AM10:00

The Perfection of Patience

In this retreat we’ll explore Shantideva’s teachings on anger, hatred, patience, and impatience, focusing particularly on the skillful means needed to work with strong emotions. We’ll study how zazen and the practice of patience paramita can be anchors to stabilize our body and mind through what can sometimes feel like powerful mental or physical storms. And we’ll discuss how when we “steep ourselves in patience, insistently and in various ways,” as Shantideva says, we simultaneously choose to turn towards the alleviation of our suffering.

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Moving into Stillness: Running as Meditation
May
19
to May 21

Moving into Stillness: Running as Meditation

Using running as our focus, we’ll look at the dynamic dance between stillness and movement, meditation and activity. Immersed in our hectic lives, can we become still and grounded? And can we allow that stillness to move and function in everything that we do? There’s running as sport, as weight loss, as therapy, or as distraction. But is it possible, in the long tradition of Zen, to see this discipline as a “way” or path of awakening?

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Moving into Stillness: Running as Meditation
Jun
4
10:00 AM10:00

Moving into Stillness: Running as Meditation

Using running as our focus, we’ll look at the dynamic dance between stillness and movement, meditation and activity. Immersed in our hectic lives, can we become still and grounded? And can we allow that stillness to move and function in everything that we do? There’s running as sport, as weight loss, as therapy, or as distraction. But is it possible, in the long tradition of Zen, to see this discipline as a “way” or path of awakening?

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