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Embracing the Joys and Sorrows of the World: A Weekend Loving Kindness Meditation Retreat On-line

Friday, June 05, 2020 - 5:00 pm to Sunday, June 07, 2020 - 1:00 pm

Living awake in this world is living in recognition of the heart's vulnerability and tenderness. As a human species and global society we are under-going a time of great uncertainty and change. This time of change can elicit anxiety, grief, fear and confusion; it can also call forth the wisdom of the heart, bringing the qualities of compassion, appreciation and kindness to the forefront. What is the heart's awakened response to fear, change and uncertainty? How do we stay centered in the midst of global change? What is a reliable refuge? How do I want to show up in the world? What is most important? Most essential?

Appreciation, Loving Kindness, and Compassion are embodied practices that help us to relax and honestly investigate the terrain of the heart, allowing it's innate wisdom 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.

Join us for this weekend of retreat on-line through the zoom app. We will offer guided and silent meditation sessions, body-practice sessions and recommendations about how to weave the practices of Appreciation, Kindness and Compassion into your daily life. This retreat is something that you can design on your own, using the support of the retreat schedule. You are welcome to attend any or all of the sessions.

You will receive a link to the retreat once you register. We will have a meeting with all those registered at 7PM Friday June 5th to check in about the logistics, details and answer any practical questions about the retreat format.

Doing a retreat at home can be empowering, take up the practice in your own home and know the peace and clarity of mind in your own dwelling place! To support doing home retreat we recommend doing the following:

1. Reflect on your intention
2. Create a sacred space with a simple altar and meditation supports in a clean room that allows for calm/peace of mind
3. Commit to a schedule
4. Give up or reduce media, phone and extra computer use for the duration of the retreat
5. Keep the practice going during the "breaks" by engaging with Mindful Eating during meals and choosing simple work (gardening, cleaning, etc.), body practice/exercise (walking, yoga, qi gong) or creative projects that support your meditation practice/intention.
6. Consider being in silence for the full day, or practicing silence for specific periods during the day.
7. If you live with others, communicate with them what your intention is for this day of practice and ask them to support you


Friday Night

7:00P - Introduction Meeting/Logistics
8:00 - 9:00P - Opening Talk and Meditation/Closing Chant


6:30 - 8:00A  -  Guided & Silent Meditation/Guided Movement and Morning Chants
11A - 1:00P   -  Guided and Silent Meditation/Yoga and Mid-day Chant
3:30 - 5:30    -  Meditation and Small Group Check-ins and Evening Chant
7:00 - 9:00    -  Guided Meditation/Formal Tea & Treat/Closing Chant


6:30A - 7:00A - Guided & Silent Meditation/Movement
7:00A - 8:30A - Closing Circle

10:00A - Chanting Service
10:25A - 11:20A - Silent & Guided Meditation
11:30A - Dharma Talk




Donations welcomed