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Day-Long Meditation Retreat:
The Power of Consciousness to Lead Us to Well-being
Taught by Phillip Moffitt

Just as life has its joys, so does it have its suffering and times of stress. How we relate to joy and suffering determines the quality of peace and well-being in our lives.

During this daylong retreat, Phillip Moffitt will lead an exploration of the nature of consciousness itself and how it is distinguished from the objects our consciousness focuses on. As we learn to make this distinction, it brings spaciousness to our lives.

The day will include talks, periods of sitting and walking meditation, and time for questions and discussion.

Open to all who have attended Marin Sangha at least once.

Dana for the teacher. Dana for rent.
Dating back to the time of the Buddha, there has existed an interdependence between those who offer the teachings and those who receive them. Dana is deeply appreciated.

Please bring a lunch. Bring a cushion if you wish. Chairs will be provided.

Location:
St. John's Episcopal Church
14 Lagunitas Rd., Ross, CA

Directions from Highway 101 in Marin County. Take the Sir Francis Drake Blvd. exit west towards Fairfax/San Anselmo. Continue west for about 2.5 miles. Turn left at Lagunitas Road (opposite the Marin Art and Garden Center). The Church is on the right in about 1/4 mile.

When:
February 17, 2018
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Registration:
Click here to RSVP . (It is helpful to us, but not necessary, if you RSVP)

Class Offering: the Aggregates
Taught by Art Jolly

The Buddha taught the three characteristics of existence as being impermanence (anicca), unsatisfactoriness (dukkha), and not-self (anatta). When teaching about not-self, he most commonly referred to the Five Aggregates. In this class, we'll explore what the Five Aggregates are, why they're important on the path, and ways to bring them into our practice in daily life.

Location: Larkspur
Times: 7-8:30 PM on Tuesdays: Jan 23 and 30, Feb 6 and 13

This class is for people who have attended a residential retreat of 5+ days or have been attending a Sangha for over two years.

To register and receive the address and directions, RSVP to Sara at: sarasacksteder@gmail.com or 415-454-2008

Dana is a Pali word meaning "generosity" or "giving." Dating back to the time of the Buddha, there has existed an interdependence between those who offer the teachings and those who receive them. Dana is deeply appreciated and will be offered to the teacher at the class.

Awakening Individually and Collectively in a Time of Crisis and Need:
A Day of Community Practice and Inquiry

A Daylong Retreat with Donald Rothberg
At St. Luke Church
Saturday, March 24, 9:30-4:30

How do we integrate our spiritual practice with our need to help respond to the crises and needs of our larger world? In this daylong, we will combine periods of silent practice, helping us to quiet our minds, deepen insight, and open our hearts, with exploration of the connection between inner and outer transformation -- through guided meditations, interactive practices, short talks, and discussion.

Recognizing that there are phases of more inner work and more outer engagement, and very personal ways of navigating this balance, Donald will help us clarify a number of themes related to engaged practice, such as: seeing the world with dharma eyes; working with wise speech and cultivating empathy in the midst of differences and conflicts; opening to difficult emotions and working with reactivity; and connecting with the vision of what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called the "beloved community."

Donald Rothberg, Ph.D ., is a member of the Teachers Council at Spirit Rock. He has practiced Insight Meditation since 1976 and also received training in Tibetan Dzogchen and Mahamudra practice, in the Hakomi approach to body-based psychotherapy, and in the Somatic Experiencing approach to trauma. He teaches and writes on Insight and Lovingkindness Meditation, and the application of these and other practices to transforming the judgmental mind, speech and communication, working with conflict, social service, and social action; he has also helped to guide a number of six-month to two-year training programs in socially engaged spirituality, both Buddhist-based and interfaith - through Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Saybrook Graduate School, and Spirit Rock. Donald is the author of The Engaged Spiritual Life: A Buddhist Approach to Transforming Ourselves and the World , and the co-editor of Ken Wilber in Dialogue: Conversations with Leading Transpersonal Thinkers.

Dana for the teacher and rent. Dating back to the time of the Buddha, there has been an interdependence between those who offer the teachings and those who receive them. Dana is deeply appreciated.

Please bring a lunch. Chairs will be provided. The daylong will be at St Luke Presbyterian Church, 10 Bayview Dr., San Rafael CA 94901

Day-long Meditation Retreat
with Sally Armstrong Sally Armstrong

At St. Luke Church
Saturday, July 7, 9:30-4:30
Details to follow!

Day-long Meditation Retreat
with Oren J. Sofer

At St. Luke Church
Saturday, October 20, 9:30-4:30
Details to follow!

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