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    May
    27
    Thu
    ONLINE: Dancing with Life: The 12 Insight Practices of the Four Noble Truths
    May 27 @ 9:00 am – May 30 @ 6:00 pm

    Teachers: Phillip Moffitt and Dana DePalma

    The Four Noble Truths are the Buddha’s first teaching, which is said to contain the sum of all of his teachings. Based on one of the oldest Theravada texts, there is a rarely taught practice of utilizing the Four Noble Truths to attain Twelve Insights that bring freedom and well-being. These insights prescribe a radically different way for us, with all of our vulnerability and fear, to engage with life just as it is and find joy even in the midst of suffering.

    In this four-day, silent retreat, we will explore each of the Four Noble Truths in depth and learn how we can apply the insights of this teaching to our daily lives. The goal of this retreat is to discover how the Four Noble Truths become the Four “Ennobling” Truths.

    Each day will have periods of sitting and walking meditation along with Dharma talks, discussion, and Q&A.

    Jun
    20
    Sun
    ONLINE: Nine Bodies Insight Retreat: Exploring Levels of Consciousness
    Jun 20 @ 8:00 am – Jun 27 @ 6:30 pm

    Teachers: Phillip Moffitt, Tuere Sala and Dana DePalma

    Prerequisite: Completion of one (or more) 6-night (or longer) silent, residential insight meditation retreat.

    Description:
    The Nine Bodies Insight meditations and teachings presented in this online retreat offer a new method of practicing Insight meditation. We start with establishing mindfulness through the practice of arriving and then turn towards the consciousness of the physical body. Through a series of guided meditations, we will explore ever more subtle levels of consciousness. This map offers a means for tracking and classifying meditative experiences which can help you stay present with whatever arises. Moreover, this method of practice may increase the stability and clarity of your mindfulness and enable the arising of insight.

    This method integrates the Nine Bodies teachings on the nature of consciousness from Himalayan yoga master Premvarni Balyogi with Insight meditation dharma teachings.

    This retreat includes 3-4 detailed guided meditations per day, dharma talks, walking meditations, and small group meetings. Due to the progressive nature of these teachings, please plan to attend all teaching sessions.

    Jul
    11
    Sun
    Marin Sangha
    Jul 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    Marin Sangha is a mindfulness meditation (vipassana) group in Marin County that puts special emphasis on living the dharma in daily life. The evening’s agenda includes guided meditations, mindful movement or walking meditation, and insightful talks that draw upon various aspects of the Buddha’s teachings. Sangha means “community.” Since our inception in 1998, Marin Sangha has been committed to creating a safe and welcoming community where dharma students can come and explore how Buddhist teachings might unfold in their everyday lives. We invite students of all levels of meditation experience and beginners are especially welcome.

    Normally, we meet Sundays, 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Bayview Room of the St. Luke Presbyterian Church. During The Pandemic, all meetings are live-streamed.  Please click here for details on how to connect to our Virtual Sangha.

    Jul
    18
    Sun
    Marin Sangha
    Jul 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    Marin Sangha is a mindfulness meditation (vipassana) group in Marin County that puts special emphasis on living the dharma in daily life. The evening’s agenda includes guided meditations, mindful movement or walking meditation, and insightful talks that draw upon various aspects of the Buddha’s teachings. Sangha means “community.” Since our inception in 1998, Marin Sangha has been committed to creating a safe and welcoming community where dharma students can come and explore how Buddhist teachings might unfold in their everyday lives. We invite students of all levels of meditation experience and beginners are especially welcome.

    Normally, we meet Sundays, 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Bayview Room of the St. Luke Presbyterian Church. During The Pandemic, all meetings are live-streamed.  Please click here for details on how to connect to our Virtual Sangha.

    Jul
    23
    Fri
    ONLINE: Changes & Transitions in Your 50s & 60s: Finding Clarity and Well-being in Times of Change
    Jul 23 @ 1:30 pm – Jul 25 @ 1:00 pm

    Teachers: Phillip Moffitt and Jennifer Ward

    This is a tumultuous time full of change as we navigate the pandemic, the need for social justice, along with political, environmental, and economic challenges. As a result of these challenges, you may have experienced a change that’s beyond your control or perhaps you’re recognizing the need for personal change. Change brings up anxiety and uncertainty and it can also be exciting to connect with bigger visions for ourselves and our world.

    Research shows that meeting change with mindfulness and being empowered to navigate uncertainty allows us to experience a deep sense of well-being even when life is difficult.

    Some of the tools we offer in this workshop are:

    • Reflecting on your life and assessing what’s out of balance.
    • Using our “Journey through Change Map” to orient yourself in your change.
    • Recognizing habits of mind that undermine you and learning to disengage from them.
    • Creating a plan for skillfully navigating your change.

    Expect a weekend of dynamic inquiry and learn to meet change with confidence and clarity.

     

    Aug
    8
    Sun
    ONLINE: Poetry that Opens the Dharma Heart to Compassion and Insight
    Aug 8 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

    In this 20th offering of Poetry Day, our usual sitting and walking practices will be informed by periods of reading poetry to each other. Each poem is carefully selected by Phillip Moffitt with an eye toward selections that point us to Dharma insights.

    Poems of this nature comfort us, and inspire us to take our meditation understandings into our daily life such that we see the world through Dharma eyes and respond from the Dharma heart. This is a day of fun and lightheartedness, and if you haven’t ever read a poem in front of others, don’t miss this opportunity to free your voice and find a new form of expression.

    Aug
    14
    Sat
    Concentration and Awareness Retreat
    Aug 14 @ 3:00 pm – Aug 31 @ 12:00 pm

    with Guy Armstrong, Sally Armstrong, Andrea Fella, and Dana Scott

    The first half of this retreat will focus on the development of concentration (samadhi), the collectedness and unification of mind that gives it strength and stability. The development of concentration, which comes from cultivating a relaxed attention and ease of mind, can bring joy to your practice and lead to the skillful use of pleasure in the meditative process. Concentration is also a key ingredient in the deepening of meditative insight.

    The second half of the retreat will build on the foundation of concentration to explore the nature of awareness, or consciousness, which is the heart of sentient life. Awareness is always with us, revealing the phenomena of our experience, yet we may not have learned how to use it as a focus in meditation. As we deepen our connection to and understanding of this mysterious capacity for knowing, it becomes a powerful pathway to inner freedom and liberation.