Many of us suffer from afflictive reactive patterns of body, speech and mind which cause suffering to ourselves and others. Doing harm to ourselves or to others, whatever the intensity, only perpetuates historical patterns of negativity. These actions not only keep us in pain-producing feedback loops, but also rob us of the energy needed to move our life in positive and transformative directions.
To create the fertile soil in which our wholesome seeds can deeply take root and blossom, we must change the overall orientation of our minds from a narrowly constricted and delusive view to a mind illuminated by the intelligence and compassion of the Dharma path. As long as our minds are ensnared in wrong views, we will reap the results of suffering and dis-ease.
In this retreat, Fred will offer Buddhist teachings and practices that help us turn away from the worldly orientation that breeds reactive mind states. Instead, we will learn how to create conditions in our mind where our wholesome aspirations of body, speech and mind can germinate and flourish. Through teachings, guided meditations and personal reflection, participants will gain a deeper realization that will support their path of transformation.
In this four-day on-line retreat, 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 $100. 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 Wednesday evening, March 17 at 7:00 pm and ends on Sunday, March 21, 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 Friday, February 26.