Monday Night at Spirit Rock (plus webcast)
May
8
7:15 PM19:15

Monday Night at Spirit Rock (plus webcast)

Meditation and Dharma Talk.
This event is offered on a sliding scale, $10-$108 

"Spirit Rock Live: Monday Nights with Jack Kornfield and Friends", a live webcast of our Monday Night sitting group.

Now in its 32nd year, the Monday Night sitting group at Spirit Rock has been a welcoming refuge for the community to gather, hear the teachings of the Buddha and practice mindfulness meditation. We begin with 30 to 40 minutes of guided meditation, followed by a 15-minute break. The teacher then offers a dharma talk and answers questions from participants. 

If you're unable to tune in Monday Night for the live webcast, a recording of the program is available on our website within a few minutes after the live webcast ends and can be viewed until the end of the day the following Sunday.

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Dharma of Now
May
4
7:15 PM19:15

Dharma of Now

 

The path of awakening means being honest and realistic with our actual experience, and responding to each situation with appropriate wisdom. How do we bring our practice into the reality of current events today? How do we practice equanimity with issues we care deeply about? How can we find balance when we have strong feelings or views? Come join us for an evening of practice, exploration, and discussion on practicing Dharma today. 

Meets in the Community Meditation Center.

This event is offered on a sliding scale / donation basis $0-$30

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The Gradual Training
Mar
26
10:00 AM10:00

The Gradual Training

A Path of Happiness: The Gradual Training

Many are drawn to Buddhism and spirituality with a keen interest in meditation. Yet before offering any meditation instructions, the Buddha guided his disciples in a progression of practice known as The Gradual Training. This training provides a step-by-step approach to living a life of meaning and inner happiness, and culminates in the highest fruit of contemplative practice – Awakening.

During this day of integrated practice, we will explore these essential aspects of the Buddhist path as a ground for happiness and the foundation of meditation. Our day will include periods of discussion, question and answer, silent meditation, and reflection. All levels of experience are welcome.

This event has a registration fee plus a suggested donation for teacher support.

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Wise Speech Daylong
Mar
25
10:00 AM10:00

Wise Speech Daylong

  • Cambridge Insight Meditation Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This event has a sliding scale registration fee. 

Training ourselves to speak in a wise and non-harmful way is one of the factors of the Noble Eightfold Path. In this workshop, we will explore the how to bring more mindfulness and care to our communication: our listening, our speaking, and even our thinking. The tools shared will be a combination of the core guidelines for Wise Speech offered by the Buddhist tradition, as well as the contemporary discipline of Nonviolent Communication. These practices form a powerful foundation for cultivating insight, awareness, self-understanding, and empathy. Through strengthening our capacity to stay present and to be more skillful in difficult situations, the pain and misunderstandings that come out of unwise and hab itual speech can begin to ease.

The day will include talks, sitting, movement and interactive speech practices. 

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Strengthening the Heart
Mar
17
to Mar 22

Strengthening the Heart

  • Insight Meditation Society (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Metta, sometimes translated as unconditional kindness or universal friendliness, grows from our capacity for basic human warmth. It is the first of four sublime states that can be cultivated as a powerful support for well-being, concentration and the deepening of insight practice.

In this silent metta retreat, we will explore a range of techniques for developing kindness, as well as ways to release the obstacles that often get in the way of living with more ease, happiness and peace. Our time together will include silent and guided sitting meditation, walking meditation, Dharma talks, instructions and group interviews with the teachers. 

This retreat is appropriate for both beginning and more experienced meditators. An optional daily period of mindful movement will be offered by Leslie Booker.

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