Your mind - the mind that allows you to read this page, to hear the sounds around you, to smell, taste, feel, and think, and to know that these things are happening - is the mind of all the Buddhas of the past, present, and future. This natural mind is the source, substance and expression of innate freedom and ease; the ground and culmination of the Buddha's teaching.
And yet because we are entrapped in speculative thinking, in hopes and fears about the future, in regret, remorse or nostalgia about the past, and in identification with what is happening in the present, few of us recognize and live from this natural mind. Few of us realize inherent fulfillment.
In this retreat we will delve into the traditional practice of Samatha/Vipassana, calming and insight. Quieting our incessant mind-chatter we look deeply into the nature of our own experience. Seeing clearly the impermanence of all things internally and externally we come to rest more on that which is always here, the groundless ground of all experience, our natural state and true home.
It is our wish to support the practice needs of meditators in early adulthood. To this end, Spirit Rock extends a special invitation to young adults (age 18-26) who wish to attend this retreat at a special rate of $25 per night, on a first come, first served basis. A limited number of special rates are available and all applications will be included in the lottery.
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Also remember that the cost above is priced as a sliding scale. Please pay at the highest level of the sliding scale that you can afford. This allows others who need to pay less the opportunity to attend. Fee is for room and board. Teaching and staffing of the retreats is by donation at the end of the retreat. For more information, see Retreat FAQ.