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Prerequisite: at least one 5-day silent retreat or permission of the teacher.
"Supported by the ongoing generosity of our sangha, we have the good fortune to begin construction in the spring of 2014 on our lower campus for a permanent Community Hall and support buildings. Our upper campus, where your residential retreat occurs, is not part of the construction.
While some ambient machinery sound may travel, it will not be continuous or nearby. Construction will take place during business work hours (Monday - Friday, 7:00am - 4:00pm) and Spirit Rock will be open throughout construction. Conditions for meditation practice are rarely perfect and environmental sounds are just another subject for our mindful attention. Teachers will give guidance on how to use it as a basis for your practice. Thank you for supporting our efforts and continuing your practicing at Spirit Rock during this time. We look forward to supporting you on retreat."
~ Spirit Rock Teachers Council RETREAT INFORMATION
Not soon, as late as the approach of my ninetieth year - I felt a door opening in me and I entered the clarity of early morning.
Czeslaw Milosz, Late Ripeness
What is the meaning and purpose of old age? Are there unrecognized potentials of consciousness as we age? Even as our memory slides and our cognitive skills slow down, is there the possibility of growing in wisdom and compassion? Buddhist teachings tell us that the potential for freeing the heart and mind does not depend on age. It depends on the training of mind and heart to abide in timeless awareness, untroubled and free. It is best to begin this training long before you are ill or dying. Then, like a treasured friend, your own mind can accompany you through the challenges of loss and the dysfunction of the body.
Join a group of your peers to explore these opportunities. Teachings will offer a blend of contemporary research on mindfulness and aging with the ancient wisdom and compassion of the Buddhadharma. This is a silent retreat with one period a day of contemplative inquiry in dyads or small groups. In addition, there will be daily instructions in mindfulness, meetings with the teachers, dharma talks, and qigong.
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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.