Each year we aim to offer a variety of arts and special interest events to include the whole community.
10am to 4pm, with Karunadevi
The only thing that will not change is change itself.
It is through change that we grow, heal, learn, engage, suffer, age, and die. We experience pain and disappointment as well as joy and gratitude.
Through the acceptance of change we can transform our habits, our hindrances, negative mental states and emotions, and see through our delusions; we can tread the creative path toward liberation.
On this day retreat we will use meditation, reflection, journal writing, and discussion to explore our views and experiences of change and share ways we can respond creatively and recognize the continuity in the midst of change.
Lunch will be provided.
These monthly day retreats are a great opportunity to experience the benefits of retreat without leaving the city. Each month, through meditation, reflection and discussion, we will explore a different aspect of practice and see for ourselves how it relates to living well today. They are open to anyone interested in the topics, and no particular experience is required, though if you haven't meditated before you might consider taking on of our introductory classes.
See also our Sangha Night Series: The Wisdom of Change
June 1 to 9 2019
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.