in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh
Saturday, November 8th, 2014
(Registration/arrival time 8:30-8:45am; retreat ends 4:30pm)
with Meditation Teachers Anh-Huong and Thu Nguyen
To be human is to have our hearts broken, again and again. Who hasn’t been hurt as a child, even if truly loved? Unable to respond, we try to forget. We numb out, we distract ourselves, we settle. We become addicted, dissociated, depressed, anxious, angry…. Collectively, as a society, we become materialistic, oppressive, apathetic, paranoid, militarized….
We believe we can never bear to feel heartbreak again. Yet we do. And now, as adults, when we practice mindfulness–when we know how to stay present, breathe, look deeply, and trust—we discover that this disaster is in fact the greatest miracle.
Day by day, through the fissures in who we thought we were, something greater slowly shines through: a love and a knowing that has always been with us. We feel, as our own, the unbearable yearning of every being for love. And the unbearable love arising everywhere, in everything, in answer to that longing….
In this pain, this beauty, we awaken. Our heart’s lamp is lit with the fire of bodhicitta: true understanding and love. We are no longer alone in our suffering or our struggles. We become able truly to heal ourselves, and to help heal the world.
This retreat welcomes everyone, from long-time practitioners to total beginners!
Practices will include:
mindful breathing, mindful walking, mindful movements, mindful eating, total body relaxation, a short talk on mindful living, and the opportunity to share and learn from each other’s insights and experiences.
Wheelchair accessible. Public transportation and parking nearby. There is no set fee for the day, and no one will be turned away because of cost. Financial support as appropriate to your circumstances is greatly appreciated.
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