A Half-Day Retreat with Kate Lila Wheeler
As meditators we often unconsciously hope and even expect our emotions to disappear or become very stable and mild. This attitude is bound to bring frustration. On this half-day of practice we will explore allowing the full range of emotions into our awareness, honoring the experience. Supported by traditional mindfulness of feeling tone, we relax the natural tendency to differentiate between worthy and unworthy emotions. We discover greater ease, freedom, caring, and even the space to make more caring, ethical choices. It starts with how we respond to experiences like confusion, grief, and greed. Oddly, love and wisdom are discovered right there, in the context of our own awareness. Where else?
This half-day retreat will include guided seated meditations, walking meditations, a brief Dharma talk, and time for questions and community sharing. We learn as a community, implicitly tending and befriending each other through both speaking and holding silence together.
The cost of this retreat is $35 or $50, according to your means. To pay online and secure your place in the retreat, please visit the Against the Stream Boston website: http://againstthestreamboston.org/programs/#retreat2
There is also an opportunity at the end of the event to offer additional dana (generosity) to support the teacher and our programs. Each person giving as generously as they are able allows ATS Boston to offer our programs to more people with fewer resources.
Kate Lila Wheeler has trained mostly in the Vipassana or Insight tradition that came to the West from India, Burma, and the Thai forest; she is also authorized to share aspects from the Tibetan Nyingma lineage, and she was ordained twice as a nun. Currently she’s helping to coordinate training new dharma teachers at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California. Kate Lila also writes fiction and journalism. She lives in Somerville, traveling often to teach. Read more about Kate at her website: http://katewheeler.com/