Exploring the Buddhist Path
By now you have attended many Spirit Rock programs over a period of a year or two, and you may feel connected to and supported by the teachings and practices. You have attended the Essential Dharma retreats, or at least two other silent, residential retreats at Spirit Rock.
The core program for this level is the Living Dharma retreat, a 7-night non-silent retreat that includes periods of study, group discussions and reflections. Prerequisite for attending a Living Dharma retreat is attendance at two 5-night or longer residential retreats.
You might also consider attending a Metta (lovingkindness) retreat or a retreat on mindfulness of the body. Metta retreats help us to develop an open and loving heart towards ourselves and others, as well as strengthening concentration, while body-based retreats support the deepening of mindfulness in our moment-to-moment experience. Check the list of events below, or look for programs marked with “Level Three” in the quarterly Newsletter & Schedule of Events.
You are encouraged to join a Dharma Friends/Kalyana Mitta group to participate in small group discussions and community (or sangha) support. For information on these groups, go to www.spiritrock.org and click on the Community tab.
Recommended books at this stage include:
Make a commitment to a regular sitting practice. Try to bring mindfulness to your daily activities.