Enhancing Self-Love (January 12th-15th, 2023)
January 12th to 15th, 2023 (Thursday 5:00 PM to Sunday 3:00 PM) Registration Due Date: Saturday, December 24th, 2022 Click here to register What comes to mind when you think of the word “love”? Perhaps a close friend or family member. Maybe it’s associated with your favorite childhood house or your passions and hobbies. Love for those things may come easily for us, but what about loving ourselves? When was the last time you have felt self-love? Have you ever felt it? If you could maintain self-love, what do you think you could accomplish with it? These are the topics we will be focusing on in this retreat. During this retreat, we will be learning to enhance self-love so that we may become the best version of ...continue reading "Enhancing Self-Love (January 12th-15th, 2023)"
Beyond Mindfulness-Retreat (May25-28/2023)
May 25th to 28th, 2023 (Thursday 5:00 PM to Sunday 3:00 PM) Registration Due Date: Saturday, December 24th, 2022 Click here to register The Seven Factors of Awakening are qualities cultivated on the path to liberating of the mind. These seven factors refer to both psychological qualities we can develop as well as practices to be undertaken. When fully developed, they are know as the seven jewels of Buddhist practice. Guidance and practice in this retreat will be focused on these factors. Seven Factors of Awakening (Saptha Bojjangha) Mindfulness (Sati). To maintain awareness of reality, in particular the teachings Investigation of the nature of reality (Damma Vichaya). Energy (Virya) also determination, effort Joy or rapture (Piti) Relaxation or tranquility (Passaddi) of both body and mind Concentration, (Samashi) a calm, one-pointed state of mind, or clear awareness ...continue reading "Beyond Mindfulness-Retreat (May25-28/2023)"
Jhana Retreat(March 30-April 2nd/2023)- Developing tranquillity states of the mind
March 30th - April 2nd, 2023 Registration Due Date: March 1st The jhanas are eight progressive altered states of consciousness which can be reached through meditation practice. There are four initial states that meditators can experience through guided insight practice. Each of these states of awareness have been found to yield a deeper, more subtle awareness than the previous one. The jhanas themselves are not awakening— they are a skillful means for stilling the mind. They are attainable by anyone who devotes the time and sincerity of practice necessary to realize them. Jhana practice is helpful for gaining the deep insights necessary for ending personal suffering. The jhanas are an advanced practice in Buddhist meditation. In this retreat, we will be studying those Eight Jhanas ...continue reading "Jhana Retreat(March 30-April 2nd/2023)- Developing tranquillity states of the mind"
Meditation Retreat for Couples (Feb 9-12/2023)
February 9th - 12th Registration Due Date: January 10th We are social beings, thus the relationships we form with others impact our mental, emotional, and physical well-being. Wholesome and nourishing relationships, whether romantic, friendships, or familial, can help make life healthier. A positive relationship can be shared between any two people or a group of people who support, encourage, and help each other practically as well as emotionally. While we don't have to be romantically involved to enjoy the benefits of a healthy relationship, there is research on the positive effects a healthy romantic relationship can have on your health. In this retreat, we will primarily focus on nourishing healthy romantic relationships and how we can promote relational quality. Bhante Sathi will teach from Buddhas ...continue reading "Meditation Retreat for Couples (Feb 9-12/2023)"
Vipassana Retreat (Dec 16-23/2022) – Insight Meditation
December 16th to 23rd, 2022 (Friday 5:00 PM to Friday 3:00 PM) Registration Due Date: Friday, November 18th, 2022 Click here to register Meditation helps us in a variety of ways and on different levels, from relaxation to gaining freedom from deep mental pain. It allows us to: This retreat will focus on self-development with inner peace and happiness by improving healthy relationships with oneself. Co-Teachers: Bhante G (Gunaratana), Bhante Sathi Bhante G (Gunaratana) is an internationally recognized author and meditation teacher. He has taught in a number of settings, including the American University in Washington D.C. where he served as Buddhist chaplain and also earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy. He has additionally taught at meditation centers worldwide. Bhante G has a strong scholarly background and lifelong commitment ...continue reading "Vipassana Retreat (Dec 16-23/2022) – Insight Meditation"