Register by Wednesday May 15. Open to anyone with a meditation practice.
Our annual summer meditation retreat is a priceless opportunity to spend a week away from our normal conditions, supporting each other to go deeper with meditation, and being supported by the changing beauty of nature. The retreat will be mostly silent except for teachings, meditation reviews and some mindful communication. It's a rare chance to take a break from telling our usual stories and see what happens when we let ourselves be and open to fresh possibilites.
Dharma, or Buddhist practice can be seen as a dynamic mandala of five principles: we progressively integrate mind and body and discover the power of skilful and positive mental states. Then, directly investigating, penetrating and dispelling our various layers of delusion, we open ever-more to the wonder of what is - the essential dharma-truth of our being. Then, at last, we can rest in simple openness, embodied wholeness.
We're all already engaging with these principles in different ways and to different degrees. In this retreat, we'll explore their dynamic and transformational nature, how our meditation and other practices might change as we go deeper and how, as the Buddha promised, dukkha may come to an end and wisdom and compassion be fully embodied.
We will approach this in a thoroughly embodied way, building up an integrated practice which brings all five principles together. Our practice will be based in the direct experience of the living energy of our body and being. Embodiment means realizing our undivided wholeness, our natural positivity and our intrinsic capacity to see dharma truth directly - all through being open to the energy of the body, and by becoming attuned to its actual nature.
Tejananda has been teaching meditation and dharma and leading retreats for over 30 years. He lives at Vajraloka retreat center in Wales, and luckily enjoys visiting us here in San Francisco.
Meditation experience is highly recommended for this retreat.
Accommodation: there are several spaces indoors, and a lot of camping spaces. It's unlikely we'll be able to offer private rooms for this retreat. If you need to borrow camping gear let us know.
Sliding Scale Payments: If you can please pay the maximum amount to help those who need a lower rate. If you wish to pay a lower amount please select the minimum amount and then in the shopping cart please add a donation to top up the amount you wish to pay.
Deposit: You can also make a deposit to book and then pay the remainder on arrival at the event.