The path of Dharma practice and meditation isn’t always a smooth journey. Even as our mindfulness and self awareness grows, our progress on the path may be impeded by factors such as self doubt, wrong views, unresolved personal issues, or other obstacles. Seeing and skillfully overcoming these challenges will enable us to reap the fruits of our spiritual journey: a mind that is awake, clear, compassionate and wise.
In this three-day on-line retreat, we will identify common obstacles and investigate the places where we get stuck. We will learn how to let go of wrong assumptions about ourselves and practice, release self-defeating behaviors and ineffective strategies, and energize our practice with new commitment, self-awareness and diligence. Dharma talks, guided meditations, experiential exercises and group dialogues will give participants the opportunity to meet the challenges of practice with new confidence in walking the path of awakening.
This retreat is appropriate for practitioners at all levels, including both those new to Buddhist practice and longer-term practitioners. This retreat is open to both members and non-members of FCM.
The retreat registration fee is $75. The fee covers administrative, facility and incidental expenses connected to the retreat, but does not include any offerings to the teacher. Participants will have an opportunity to make an offering for the teachings at the conclusion of the retreat. A limited number of Retreat Scholarships are available. Please click here to see FCM’s Retreat Scholarship Policy and for an Application, which needs to be submitted prior to the registration deadline for this retreat.
The retreat begins on Thursday evening, November 19 at 7:00 pm and ends on Sunday, November 22 at noon. We ask that participants plan to participate in the entire retreat, and to do so with the same energy of commitment and dedication as one would bring to an in-person residential retreat. We will be sending you a retreat schedule to follow and practice guidelines to help you create conditions in your home to support your retreat.
The retreat will include 3-4 Practice Sessions for meditation daily, Dharma talks and instruction, and group sharing, along with "off line" time for meals & rest, outdoor walking, personal practice, and time to take care of essential household tasks and responsibilities. If you cannot be fully present for all of the days of the retreat, within the flexibility of the schedule as described above, please do not register.
Registration will close on November 1.