Silent Meditation Retreat

Kindly Being, in this moment...and this moment...

Silent Meditation Retreat

November 2 - 9, 2019

In this silent meditation retreat, we will be stepping into meditation through the lens of Organic Intelligence. Being able to see what is arising in the mind from the compassionate frame of OI can bring a level of acceptance and equanimity to your experience and allow a richness to your unfolding.

Although meditation is often seen as something done as a “practice” during a particular time of the day, integrating this into your moment-to-moment experience can bring a different quality to how you view and engage in life.

I teach mediation in the way I was taught, based teachings on the early discourses (teachings) of the Buddha.

Location CHANGE: Juniper Well Ranch, Skull Valley, Arizona, USA

Prerequisite: Completion of HEART 4 or engagement in the OIX program.

Who should attend: Both beginner and experienced practitioners are welcome to attend this retreat. There will be extra support for folks who have little or no experience with silent retreats.

This retreat is limited to 12 participants. Wait list available.

TO REGISTER and for more information, contact Robin:

Cost

Lodging Contact Robin to discuss options.

Food $210, includes 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners plus light snacks, coffee, tea. It also includes food for the coordinator or chef and teacher. There will be an opportunity to offer Dana to the chef at the end of the retreat.

Teacher Fee Dana: The teachings are offered according to the traditional donation or dana (Pali for “giving” or a “gift”) system. This system is meant to encourage joyous generosity rather than a sterile business transaction. For more general information on dana, see "Dana" below.

Dana (Generosity)

Source article: https://www.dharma.org/retreats/forest-refuge/dana-generosity/

Dana is a Pali word that means “generosity” or “giving freely,” and has played a central role throughout Buddhism’s history.

Generosity is the first of the ten parami, or qualities of character, that the Buddha taught his students to cultivate. The practice of generosity develops lovingkindness and compassion, deepens awareness of our interconnectedness and encourages non-attachment.

Giving is said to benefit both the giver and the receiver – the giver practices sharing and letting go, and the recipient practices acceptance of what is presented. Offering a small favor, a kind thought, a meal, or funds to help sustain a meditation teacher or center is a sincere form of spiritual practice.

Here in the midst of contemporary Western culture, our teachers are continuing the ancient Buddhist monastic tradition of freely offering the teachings. Most Retreat Center teachers receive no compensation for teaching and rely on the generosity of participants for a sustainable income.

There is an opportunity to offer contributions to the teachers at the end of your retreat. Your donations help many teachers to lead a life devoted to teaching and also allows teachers to take time for their own practice, ensuring that their teachings are continuously enriched.