June 2018

16Jun10:00 AM4:30 PMPracticing Meditation Like the Earth: Exploring the Dharma through Poetry10:00 AM - 4:30 PM Community Meditation Center Teacher(s): Phillip Moffitt

Event Details

Cost: Sliding Scale $75 – 200. Code PM1D18.

. . . streams have flowed,
and rivers of earth have moved beneath your feet,
but you have never looked into the immovability
of stone like this, the way it holds you, gives you
not a way forward but a doorway in, staunches
your need to leave, becomes faithful by going nowhere . . .

– Excerpt from “Stone” by David Whyte

Dharma practice inspired by poetry brings us deeper into insight. It releases us from the pain of the practical and the confusion of the heart. This day of meditation practice and poetry reading is about finding our ground through mindfulness and bringing clarity to life issues.

We will take inspiration from the Buddha’s advice to his son Rāhula: “O Rāhula, by practicing meditation like the earth, the contacts that have arisen—agreeable and disagreeable—will not continue to obsess your mind.”

This daylong will consist of sitting and walking meditation practice interspersed with dharma discussions based on the collection of poems Phillip has selected for this day. In this participatory program, you will have the opportunity, if you choose, to read aloud one of the selected poems to those in attendance. This is the 18th annual Dharma in Poetry Day. Come be part of a tradition!

Young Adults (18-26) and Seniors (65+ with limited income) are invited to attend this day for $45.

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 volunteering@spiritrock.org.


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