The Buddha observed how easy it is to forget the capacity of the heart for wisdom and love. A meditation retreat can help us remember how essential these qualities are for our very existence.
At first, we may be hesitant to look inside, out of concern for what we may find. But the more deeply we investigate, with a relaxed yet focused attention, the easier it is to know, moment by moment, the reasons we have to love. In letting go of fear and other unsatisfactory, habitual patterns, we discover a heart full of confidence and a mind full of peace.
At its core, meditation is the process of developing the mind and heart. Developing qualities like awareness and wisdom directly lessens our own suffering and brings about the capacity for compassionate action in the world we share. Cultivating these qualities in a relaxed and natural way reminds us that a deeper freedom is possible and available in the very life we’re living.
As we will explore on this retreat, it is through a patient and relaxed moment-to-moment awareness that we can discover the transformative power and joy of this practice.
Beginning and experienced meditators are welcome to join us for this silent retreat. The daily schedule will include meditation guidance, alternate periods of sitting and walking practice, talks by the teachers and Q&A.