Guardians of the Heart: A Vipassana and Brahma Vihara Retreat
October 5 - 12, 2019
“If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.” –Buddha
When we see deeply into the miracle of our own human mind and body process, our whole life begins to change in ways that guide our responses to ourselves and others with increasing wisdom and compassion. The four brahma viharas are the responses of the awakening heart; they are lovingkindness (metta), compassion (karuna), appreciative joy (mudita) and equanimity (upekkha). These mind-heart liberating teachings, attitudes, and practices function as guardians at the door to suffering—while supporting the greater good that exists in each moment. As antidotes to fear and anxiety, aversion, and attachment, they increase clarity, ease, and confidence in our capacity to open to the “ten thousand joys and sorrows” that come and go throughout this precious existence.
This retreat will be held in Noble Silence. It will focus on the continuity of mindfulness while cultivating the brahma viharas. The daily schedule will include morning teachings, reflections and guided meditations, sitting and walking meditation, individual practice meetings, an optional afternoon discussion group and evening dharma talk.
This retreat is recommended for both new and experienced students.