August Daylong Retreat with Ann Buck and Matthew Brensilver
|Date(s):||August 19 (Sunday)|
|Description:||Planting the Seeds of Kindness and Compassion: The Wisdom of the Open Heart|
A Day of Meditation and Conversation with
Ann Buck & Matthew Brensilver
Out beyond ideas of wrong-doing and right-doing, there is a field. I'll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about. ~ Rumi
Although freedom is always here and now, dharma practice is also a gradual cultivation. Yet, our hurried struggle to heal ourselves is often an expression of our pain, rather than its solution.
Can we release the need to fix ourselves and instead gently incline the mind towards kindness and compassion? Can we relax into our life, trusting the capacity of the heart to hold life just as it is? In each moment, we can plant the seeds for our well-being. During our day together, we’ll begin to align our intention with the heart’s longing for freedom. Moment by moment, staying open, and seeing what happens.
The day will include meditation, dharma talks and dialogue with Ann and Matthew and is appropriate for new or experienced meditators.
Ann Buck has more than forty years of meditation background, having studied Vipassana, as well as the Tibetan Dzogchen tradition with Tsoknyi Rinpoche. Spirit Rock trained her as a Community Dharma Leader, and as a senior student of Shinzen Young, she works as a facilitator with people across the country. She teaches for InsightLA, as well as for the Clare Foundation, an alcohol and substance abuse rehabilitation center. Since she is a retired businesswoman, teaching the dharma is her life.
Matthew Brensilver, PhD, began practice in the Shambhala tradition and with a Thich Nhat Hanh sitting group. Since 2003, he has studied mindfulness with Shinzen Young, who trained him to teach meditation. For the past four years, Matthew has led a meditation class at USC and teaches at UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow at UCLA’s School of Medicine, where he works with a group doing addiction research. He was trained to teach by Noah Levine, with whom he co-leads the Monday night class at Against the Stream.
1430 Olympic Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
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Sliding scale from $50 to $100
Please pay at the highest level of the sliding scale that you can afford. This helps us make sure those who pay less can attend.
Whatever you pay above the lowest end of the sliding scale is a tax-deductible donation to InsightLA.
Please email or call us to arrange for work/study or reduced fee (less than $50).
|Enrollment Limit:||50 | This event is full. To be placed on the waiting list, please register.|
|Items to Bring:||A bag lunch, a mug, a favorite cushion if that's important to you. Wear comfortable clothing.|
|Contact Information:||firstname.lastname@example.org or 310-774-3325|