April 2023

01Apr10:00 AM02(Apr 2)3:00 PMThe Whole of the Dharma: A Synthesis of Mindfulness and the Buddhist PathTwo Formats Available10:00 AM - 3:00 PM (2) Community Meditation Center Teacher(s): Sylvia Boorstein, PhD and Brahmani Liebman CommuterOn-landOnlineNo prerequisiteOpenClosed Captions

Event Details

Date & Time: Saturday – Sunday, April 1-2, 2023; 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. US Pacific Time
Continuing Education Credits: This program offers 8 CE credits for $80 for psychologists, and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, nurses, and chiropractors.

Please Note: This program will be offered as a hybrid: on-land (“commuter” retreat; non-residential) and online.

On-Land (in-person) Sliding Scale: $140-$620. Our sliding scale options include financial support for our teachers. Code SB2M23.

Online Sliding Scale:$50-$600. Our sliding scale options include financial support for our teachers. Code SB2Z23.

In response to the question, “Are you a God or an ordinary man?”, the Buddha responded, “I am neither. I am awake!”

What does it mean to be “awake,” and what is the felt sense of the end of the path? In this weekend retreat, we will explore the Buddha’s prescription for ending mental suffering: morality (sīla), meditative skill (samādhi), and wisdom (pañña), which together comprise the entirety of the Eightfold Path. We will learn how an understanding of these foundational teachings can lead us to develop greater clarity, gladness, and belonging in our lives.

Our weekend together will include didactic teaching, meditative periods, guided movement practices, and Q&A sessions. We will be drawing on The Mettā Sutta: The Buddha’s Teaching on Impartial Kindness. 

This will be taught by Sylvia Boorstein PhD, along with Jashoda Edmunds and Brahmani Liebman, both Senior Teachers at Kripalu Yoga Institute, a team that has taught this curriculum together in retreat centers worldwide for the past twenty years. 

All experience levels are warmly welcome. All movement will be held either sitting or standing in place. The retreat will be held in meditative silence at Spirit Rock and participants online are encouraged to plan as spacious a practice environment as feasible for each of the days. At Spirit Rock, coffee and tea will be available. Please bring your own lunch.

On-Land space is limited due to COVID protocols in place, please register for the In-person event only if you can join us on the land. If you can only join us remotely online, please register for the Online version and you can participate by Zoom or watch the program later.

Continuing Education

Continuing Education (CE) credit available:
This program offers 8 CE credits for $80 for psychologists, and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, nurses, and chiropractors. Please review our Continuing Education Credit information page to determine if your association or board will accept credits offered by Spirit Rock.***

Teachings are appropriate for health care professionals as well as the general public.

Learning Objectives for participating health care professionals-
At the end of the program you will better able to:

  • Describe how Buddhist philosophies on happiness and causes of happiness; on suffering and the causes of suffering can be utilized in a clinical setting;
  • Describe how focused attention practices can increase serenity, concentration, and the ability to direct one’s attention;
  • Describe how concentration practices can redirect the mind from automatic negative reactivity and reorient towards appropriate intentional responses;
  • Describe how concentration practices can bring awareness to one’s habitual patterns that cause suffering;
  • Apply the principles of equanimity and compassion to meet stress, pain and burnout with kindness and wisdom;
  • Describe to clients the benefits of practicing sila (ethical conduct) and how this practice can develop insight, wisdom, and peace of mind;
  • Incorporate practices with self and others to utilize kindness, rather than self-criticism, for motivation;
  • Incorporate movement practices when working with, or in preparation for clients to regulate freeze patterns.

Continuing Education content level: Introductory

***Please note:

  • For full Provider information, and additional CEC information, including attendance requirements, cancellation, and grievance policies, please visit our Continuing Education Credit information page.
  • For those with a different license than listed above, or with a license from a different board or association than listed on our CEC info page, please contact your licensing board or association directly to request pre-approval/acceptance of CE credits offered at Spirit Rock. Spirit Rock does not confirm applicability of credit for those with licenses different than those listed.
  • Spirit Rock is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP16905 for 8 contact hours.
  • Credit is awarded for instructional time only and does not include extended silent meditation, if offered.


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