Compassion, Joy and Forgiveness- A Weekend Loving Kindness Retreat
November 18 - 20, 2022
Friday 5pm to Sunday 1pm
Living awake in this world is living on the brink of tenderness. As a human species and planet we are under-going a time of great uncertainty and change. Living through this time of change can illicit confusion, anxiety, grief, anger, rage and fear. Compassion gives us space to grieve, to deeply feel/experience our lives, our emotions and our connection with all beings.
Loving Kindness, Compassion, Forgiveness and Joy are embodied practices that welcome us into the heart of direct, honest feeling where the wisdom of our emotions is allowed to express. These simple yet radical heart-centered practices can help us find stability, peace of mind and a responsive connective heart in the midst of uncertainty, change and injustice. It is important to remember in any situation that the heart has the capacity to listen, to respond, to forgive and to find joy. Restore your heart to its inner resourcefulness. Your resilience comes from your ability to nurture compassion, forgiveness and joy.
These timeless practices are the Buddhist teachings of the Four Immeasurables, Divine Abidings. Abide in the tender welcome of your own heart.
We will offer guided and silent meditation sessions, body-practice sessions and recommendations about how to weave the practices of Compassion, Forgiveness and Joy into your daily life.
This is a silent retreat and will be offered ‘in person only‘ at the Great Vow Zen Monastery.
In order to attend events at the monastery, we ask that all participants be fully vaccinated and boostered.
Amy Kisei, Sensei