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Awakening the Heart: Practicing the "Divine Abodes" (Lovingkindness, Compassion, Joy, Equanimity)
Donald Rothberg, Heather Sundberg
Monday, October 20, 9:30am - 4:30pm
Community Meditation Hall
$35 - $108 sliding scale, plus a donation to the teacher(s) Add $5 at the door. Please bring your lunch. Code DR10D14.
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You may also register for both Monday and Tuesday or Tuesday only.

The Divine Abodes (Brahmaviharas) of loving-kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity, are the places of the awakened heart. Practicing to cultivate these four abodes helps us to access these wonderful and transformative qualities of the open heart.

  • Loving-Kindness (or metta): We practice cultivating a warm, open heart towards ourselves and others, as a basic way of being in the world. It is also a path to wisdom.

  • Compassion: The wise heart becomes compassion when it encounters pain or suffering.

  • Joy: The friendly heart becomes joy when it encounters happiness or beauty.

  • Equanimity: We develop a balanced heart that can increasingly hold all the joys and sorrows of life with care and wisdom.

In this non-residential retreat we will learn the formal practices of loving-kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity, and offer guidance for bringing these practices into daily life.

The retreat will be held in the context of silence, with periods of sitting meditation alternating with periods of walking meditation. Core instructions in the different practices will be offered, along with dharma talks, question and answer periods, and several short optional sessions of guided movement. Participants are asked to bring their lunch each day so that there can be two uninterrupted days of practice that include instructions in mindful eating.

Teachings and practices are appropriate for individuals and health care professionals. Continuing Education (CE) credit available.

Young Adults (18-26) and Seniors (65+ with limited and fixed income) are invited to attend at a rate of $15 per day.

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Online Registration for this event is available until 12 noon one business day before the event. If you can't attend, see our Cancellation Policy.

Volunteer/Work Exchange opportunities, as well as full or partial Scholarships, may be available for this program. For more information, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteering@spiritrock.org or (415) 488-0164 x224.

Scholarships are not available for events listed as “Benefits.”

Even if you have been to Spirit Rock before, please review Daylong Programs at Spirit Rock for useful information about what to wear, what to bring, how to get here, and more.



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