Dear Friends in the Dharma,
As a teacher of the Spirit Rock March Insight Meditation Retreat, March 4-15, I would like to extend a personal invitation to those practitioners who have longed to sit an extended practice retreat but have been unable to do so for various reasons. I am sending this to individuals I know and various sanghas I have offered talks. I hope you will let your friends and sangha members know as well.
We’ve revised our prerequisites (because of the stay-at-home orders) to include practitioners who have sat either one 5-day retreat in-person or one 5-day retreat online.
I know we are living in very challenging times but it is also a powerful and auspicious opportunity to engage in meditation. The level of anxiety and mounting pressure around the vaccines, the mutated virus strains, and the weight of safety precautions is taking a toll on all of us. Meditation really is designed for just such times. Extended practice in sangha provides a reliable refuge of stability & support within a world of rapidly changing conditions when so much seems to be in question. Many have found the stillness and spaciousness of residential retreat practice to be both supportive and transformative even within daily life circumstances. As householders this is where our lay practice truly comes to life.
This 12-day online retreat will offer a format that includes daily meditation instruction, Guided Metta (Lovingkindness) meditation, Dharma talks, and group practice discussions.
Scholarships are available so don’t let unemployment or the lack of funds prevent you from taking advantage of this moment.
All who have met the prerequisite of one prior 5-day retreat are welcome!
I hope you can join us…