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Joyful Discipline: A Meditation Retreat

Rockland Shambhala
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Joyful Discipline: A Mediation Retreat
with Bryan Mendiola, Shambhala Instructor
Sunday, June 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
*Half-day option available*

Whether we are new to meditation or have years of practice, we seek ways to deepen our awareness of ourselves and others in order to be of benefit to this world. Join us for a day of practice exploring joyful discipline and the path of the Boddhisattva Warrior.

In the morning, we will delve into the discipline of meditation as a way to more fully connect to ourselves and discover how "discipline brings joy” — in this case, the joy of being in relationship with each other and with our world in an awake and engaged way. The Bodhisattva Warrior views meditation as a means of making oneself ever more present and available for the benefit of others. Meditation instruction will be provided.

In the afternoon, we will have an opportunity to engage in a group dialogue practice known as social meditation. Together, we will more fully explore connection, presence, and understanding in relationships, particularly when it comes to social-cultural identity. What are the personal, emotional, and societal obstacles to authentic relationships with those different from ourselves? How can we use the practice of meditation to realize more gentleness, openness, awareness, and honesty, even in our most challenging relationships? These are questions at the heart of the Bodhisattva Warrior and the path of joyful discipline.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with tea and a light breakfast. The practice starts at 9 a.m. There will be a lunch break mid-day. Afternoon registration begins at 12:45 p.m.

Level: Open to everyone, including beginners and experienced practitioners; students in any tradition are welcome.

Suggested donation: $75 for full day; $35 for half day. Or, pay what you can.

Registration: Early registration is recommended to save your space and it also helps the staff plan for the program. Kindly complete payment via the link above or contact Lindsay at rocklandshambhala@gmail.com or 594-1694 to register and discuss other payment options.

Generosity policy: We have a generosity policy to make our offerings available to all who wish to participate. If the suggested amounts are an obstacle for you, please consider what is possible in your current situation and offer as much of the program fee as you can. Kindly register ahead by email. Thank you!