Event Dates: February 8-10, 2019


“The path is a symbol, representing the fact that we can change… The path itself is not out there; it is in here. The path simply represents the individual solution to your own particular predicament. If you know and understand yourself as you are now, that puts you in a position to develop in your own way. The path is you in the process of organising your mental states in such a way that growth and development will take place in a positive direction.” ~ Sangharakshita

Many of us begin our journey as spiritual practitioners with all sorts of ideas about what we might achieve and how we should go about it. But, as our practice deepens, we may find that simply doing as we’re told isn’t enough, even as ideas about the goal and how we might reach it become less clear. We begin to understand that in order to realize the Dharma, we are going to have to find creative and personally meaningful ways to work through our unique set of habits in the service of ever deepening freedom from suffering.

This will be different for each of us, but there is something that unites us on our journeys: those are the principles that we practice by. These principles help us in understanding what is unfolding, how to meet that unfolding with curiosity and love, and how to turn that meeting into the means for awakening. These principles have been clearly communicated to us by our teacher through the five stages of our system of practice: integration, positive emotion, receptivity, spiritual death and spiritual rebirth.

On this intensive meditation retreat, we will explore the System of Practice by getting curious about how the foundational meditations of mindfulness of breathing, metta bhavana and just sitting support us on our journey.

We will specifically explore:

  • How do we create the conditions for a calm, peaceful mind that can more fully turn towards and be with our direct experience?
  • How can we meet difficult sensations, thoughts and emotions with a non-judgmental attitude, and cultivate curiosity?
  • How can we begin to see more clearly our habitual reactions and the suffering they create?
  • What else is possible?

Activities:

  • Meditation instruction, practice and reviews
  • Small and large group discussion
  • Extended periods of silence
  • Written and silent reflection
  • Dharma talks that support deepening insight in meditation
  • Ritual and Puja

Register for the event here

To register by phone, call 603-659-5456 between 9 am and 3 pm, M – F.

 

About Singhashri:

Singhashri brings a creative approach to supporting others in discovering the transformative potential of Buddhist practice. She delights in working with others to create dynamic learning environments that support all to connect meaningfully with themselves, one another and the Dharma through meditation, reflection, enquiry, and discussion. She currently lives with her partner in London and teaches at urban and rural retreat centres across Europe and the US. You can hear more from her and find out what else she is up to at www.radicalembrace.org.

 

Led by: Dh. Singhashri
Times: February 8, 7pm to February 10, 2 pm
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale: $305/230/155
Level: Experienced
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.

* Retreat participants are asked to work together to prepare and clean up after meals and to help with general cleanup at the end of the retreat.