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"In truth we are always present; we only imagine ourselves to be in one place or another."
—Howard Cohn

Essential Teachings on the Path of Awakening
Matthew Brensilver, Brian Lesage
Monday, May 22, 3:00pm - Monday, May 29, 11:30am
upper Retreat Hall
$1725 - $785 sliding scale, plus a donation to the teacher(s) and retreat staff. Code 266R17.
Retreat still has spaces available. If interested call Retreat Managers - 415-488-0164 ext. 262

NOTE: All Young Adult rates and scholarship funds for this retreat have been allocated.
If you are interested and need financial assistance, we may have a work exchange available.



Nobody tells us this when we're growing up, but being human is kind of a big deal. It feels great, it hurts, it's intense. We know it won't go on forever. Given this, what kind of happiness is possible for us? The Buddha suggested that we have underestimated the capacity of our heart. Retreat helps us to remember. In mindfulness meditation, we practice resting, looking deeply, knowing moment-by-moment what it's like to be human. Initially, some of us are hesitant to look because we're concerned about what we'll find. But our practice shows us that the more deeply we look, the more reason we have to love. Together, we'll sit in the refuge provided by a 2,600-year legacy of wisdom and kindness. In the silence, we come to know the preciousness of our life and the poignancy of the human condition. From this openness, so much goodness unfolds.

In this silent retreat, we will explore essential Buddhist teachings and meditation practices. There will be systematic instructions in mindfulness meditation, as well as in loving-kindness practice. The evening talks will highlight key Buddhist teachings and their practical application to our lives. Throughout the retreat there are meetings with teachers to support you in your practice.

Spirit Rock extends a special invitation to young adults (age 18-26) who wish to attend this retreat at a rate of $35 per night, on a first come, first serve basis. A limited number of special rates are available, please apply early.

For more information about Hemera Foundation Scholarships: ONE scholarship allowed per person, per calendar year.

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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.

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