Event Dates: Friday May 16, 2014 – Sunday May 18, 2014

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livingcompassion_smThis retreat is an excellent chance for Order members and mitras to spend some extended time with each other on retreat and discuss practicing compassion.  The weekend will be led by visiting Order member Shantigarbha, an expert in Non-Violent Communication and the leader of several events on this topic at Aryaloka in past years. The focus of the retreat will be, “How do we really live compassion in our lives?” and will include the following elements:

•    Meditation sessions including guided reflections and open sits.
•    Exercises drawn from Nonviolent Communication (NVC) to bring empathy and compassion into our everyday lives and relationships.
•    Stories from the life of the Buddha: How did he embody empathy? How did he make empathy the basis of ethics and compassion?
•    How do we develop empathy for those we love and extend it even to our enemies?

Led by: Shantigarbha
Times: 7:00 p.m. Friday – 2:00 p.m. Sunday
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $225/185/145
Level: Open to All
Directions: Directions Page
At Aryaloka, we strive to make our programs available to everyone regardless of their financial circumstances. Our fee structure allows you to pay according to your means. The Sustaining price is for people comfortably paying their rent or mortgage, and who can afford the occasional meal out and movie. The Sustaining price level also helps Aryaloka offer lower prices to those who could otherwise not afford to attend. Any payment above this price is a tax-deductible donation. Mid-Level prices are for those who have a regular income and are paying their mortgage or rent. Prices at this level contribute to the range of Aryaloka’s operating costs. The Base-Level price is for those without an income or with an income low enough that making ends meet is a challenge. Those whose circumstances are not included above can call the office to arrange alternate pricing.

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