"We cannot escape the necessity of love and compassion."
H.H. Dalai Lama
From the smallest insects to the vast galaxies, all existence, including our human life, only survive through mutual cooperation. When we release ourselves from a narrow sense of separateness, we open to a wider world view - one that wisely appreciates that we are not alone nor can we manage this life alone. We are tangled up with each other and all life and our actions affect everything.
In this retreat we will focus on the Buddha's teachings of non-separateness and interconnectedness by emphasizing the relational side of the path. We will explore our deep belonging and how this can lead us to the development of community, compassionate action, true service, greater diversity and inclusivity, and working for social justice. We will emphasize the spirit of the Bodhisattva and cultivate a commitment to use our practice as a way to wake up together with all beings.
On the bodhisattva path, we follow teachings about generosity, patience, ethical conduct, meditative balance and insight into what is essential so we can come to live in a way that benefits others. At the same time, we learn compassion for ourselves and see that we are not separate from the people we have imagined are estranged from us. Self and other heal together.
The form of this retreat will include times of silence, and also inquiry, council practice and experiential exercises that draw forward the wisdom and compassion of the gathered community. The retreat is open to all but may be of particular interest to service providers, activists, caregivers, educators, and to those wanting to expand the scope of their individual practice.
Spirit Rock extends a special invitation to young adults (age 18-26) who wish to attend this retreat at a rate of $35 per night, on a first come, first serve basis. A limited number of special rates are available, please apply early.
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Also remember that the cost above is priced as a sliding scale. Please pay at the highest level of the sliding scale that you can afford. This allows others who need to pay less the opportunity to attend. Fee is for room and board. Teaching and staffing of the retreats is by donation at the end of the retreat. For more information, see Retreat FAQ.