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

Entering the Heart of Practice
Ayya Anandabodhi, Ayya Santacitta, Isabelita Papa (qigong)
Saturday, May 27, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Community Meditation Center
Dana Day (by Donation). Please bring your lunch. Code NU1G17.
OPEN-Register Here

At the heart of practice is the union of wisdom and compassion, cultivated through mindfulness and a skillful response to life. Through developing the qualities of the heart and seeing clearly, we can transform deeply ingrained habits which limit our experience, and open hearts and minds to greater freedom.

During this daylong we come together as a community to support each other by keeping Noble Silence. The nuns will offer guided sitting and walking meditation, Dharma reflections, Chanting and opportunities for dialogue.

There will be a shared vegetarian meal. Since the beginning of Buddhism 2600 years ago, Buddhist monastics have depended on almsfood. They were, and still are, prohibited from growing their own food or storing their own provisions. You are invited to bring food to share with the nuns and each other. After the meal there will be an opportunity for qi gong practice with Isabelita Papa.

If you would like to bring provisions for Aloka Vihara Forest Monastery, please visit this link.

General Information

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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 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 our Non-Residential Programs FAQ for useful information about what to wear, what to bring, how to get here, and more.

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