June 2019

14Jun(Jun 14)10:00 AM16(Jun 16)5:00 PM“Things Are Not As They Appear”: Four Ways of Training10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (16) Community Meditation Center Teacher(s): Donald Rothberg, PhD No prerequisite

Event Details

Dates: June 14 – June 16, 2019; 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sliding Scale:
$225 – 600. Code DR2M19. Registration is closed for this event, as 100% participation is requested/required for multi-day events.  This event started on Friday, June 14, 2019.

The central metaphor of our spiritual practice is that of awakening, of “waking up”—from being asleep and often living as if in a dream. The understanding is that we don’t see our lives and experience clearly; things are in reality not as they appear to us. Yet seeing clearly, with wisdom and compassion, is possible, and out of such seeing can come skillful responses!

In this retreat, we explore four ways that we see in a distorted manner, working with understandings and practices to help us see more clearly in these four areas. We investigate how we often see in four problematic ways:

(1) through the lens of the personal self;
(2) through our social conditioning;
(3) by imagining a world of solid, enduring, separate individual beings and objects (as opposed to seeing impermanent, “empty,” interdependent phenomena); and
(4) by seeing a separation between oneself and all else (other selves and objects), where there is ultimately non-separation.

The retreat will include sitting and walking meditation, including some guided practices, as well as talks and discussion.

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