During this retreat, we will practice Insight Meditation and Loving-kindness, deepening our understanding of stress and the path leading us to the peace and ease that is our natural state.
Sat March 3 9am – 5pm
Sun March 4 9am- 3pm
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Sliding Scale Fee $10-$50
Is your restless mind getting the best of you? Everyone wants to have a calm, peaceful mind. Much of our restlessness and agitation stems from an untrained mind and lack of clear perception of what’s happening within us. Innocently, we try to alleviate our stress by dwelling in the past and planning the future. In this two-day retreat, we will train ourselves to find calm in present moments. We will practice meeting our experience with less reactivity and more kindness.
There will be opportunities for practice discussions with the teacher. This retreat is suitable for new and experienced meditators.
VIPASSANA MEDITATION (also known as Insight or Mindfulness meditation) is a simple and direct practice — the moment-to-moment investigation of the mind / body process through calm and focused awareness. The practice originates in the Theravada tradition of the teachings of the Buddha. Learning to observe experience from a place of stillness enables one to relate to life with less fear and clinging. Seeing life as a constantly changing process, one begins to accept pleasure, pain, fear, joy, and all aspects of life with increasing equanimity and balance. As insight deepens, wisdom and compassion arise. This nonresidential retreat is suitable for beginning and experienced meditators. Sitting and walking meditation sessions are alternated.
THE TEACHER is Howard Cohn, a founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in the San Francisco Bay area. He has guided a local sitting group in San Francisco, been in private practice as a psychotherapist and led Vipassana retreats worldwide since 1985. He incorporates the influences of Theravada, Zen, Tibetan Dzogchen and Advaita Vedanta in his teaching, with an emphasis on reawakening our intrinsic freedom. Among his many teachers and mentors are Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, U Pandita Sayadaw, Tulku Urgyen Rimpoche, Tsoknyi Rimpoche, and the Advaita Vedanta Master H.W.L. Poonja.
RETREAT REGISTRATION FEE: Mariposa Sangha is offering this retreat at a sliding scale ranging from $10 to $50, so that anyone who is interested may attend. Please pay according to your means. The $50 fee helps cover teacher’s travel and space usage.
DANA: Voluntary donations (dana) for the teachings may be given at the end of the retreat. Dana is the Pali word for generosity. From the days of the Buddha, the teachings have been offered freely. Today, teacher support continues to come from students’ voluntary contributions (dana).
WHAT TO BRING: A sun hat, sunscreen, a bag lunch and a water bottle. We will not provide food. Bring a cushion and blanket or mat if you wish to sit on the floor. We will have chairs available.
RETREAT REGISTRATION: Space is limited, so advance registration is requested for the retreat. For information, contact Carolyn Kelley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-627-0431.
- The teacher requests that attendees commit to attending both days. One day registration is not available.
- All registration is online, whether you pay online or by check. If paying by check, download the form for mailing in a check We request that you still register online.
Confirmations will be sent to registrants via email after payment is received.