Register by Wednesday May 15 with a $200 deposit. Register early to be sure of a place. Open to anyone with a meditation practice.
Our annual summer meditation retreat is a wonderful opportunity to see what happens when we take a break from our normal conditions and stories and let ourselves be open to fresh possibilities. This year will be the first Summer Retreat in our beautiful new shrine room at Dharmadhara in Lake County.
Our meditation retreats are mostly silent except for teachings, meditation reviews and some mindful communication.
This year the theme is Embodied Wholeness
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 skillful and positive mental states; then, directly investigating, penetrating, and dispelling our 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.
Tejananda lives full-time at a retreat center in Wales and has taught meditation for many years. He will guide us in embodied practice, 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.
Meditation experience is highly recommended for this retreat.
Dharmadhara is a simple rustic space with a beautiful meditation room, limited indoor beds, and plenty of sites for camping. A number of sleeping mats are also available in the shrine room.
Registering: go to "Select Amount" and choose either maximum ($700) or minimum ($550) payment for June 1 to 9, or 3 days maximum ($270) or 3 days minimum ($230) if you plan to leave June 4. Paying the higher rate helps provide scholarships for those who cannot otherwise afford to attend. You can also pay an amount in between the minimum and maximum amounts by choosing the minimum and adding a donation on the following page. (We're working on making this simpler - thank you for your patience!) . You will be given the option of paying in full or paying the $200 deposit through paypal or paying by check.
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 later.