Special Events

Exploring the Dharma through Poetry: Unfolding

Oct 15 (Sat)
9:30am - 4:30pm
Santa Monica
The theme of this year's Poetry Day was inspired by the poem "Unfolding" by Carl Dennis, which appeared in the October 24, 2011 issue of The New Yorker. The poem begins like this:

If there is no spirit unfolding itself in history,
No gradual growth of consciousness
Beneath the land grabs and forced migrations,
The bought elections, the betrayal of trust
By party faction in the name of progress--
What about spirit in the personal realm
Unfolding slowly inside us, so slowly
That our best days seem like a holding action?

Each moment of life - both the ordinary and the extraordinary - is imbued with presence. Being awake to this presence gives us an immediate sense of life's meaning. This feeling is what poets try to capture in verse.

Using poetry as our inspiration and our guide, we will explore how it can deepen our understanding of the dharma and help us meet each moment of life with awareness, intention, and surrender.

During this poetry daylong, we will read and reflect on a selection of poems that capture the meaning of "Unfolding." Periods of sitting and walking meditation will be interspersed with dharma discussions based the poems.

This daylong is suitable for both beginning and experienced meditation students.
All are welcome.

Location Details:
InsightLA Olympic
1430 Olympic Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Please note: Parking is metered every day from 9AM - 6PM, except on Sunday.
*This site is equipped with a chair lift for persons with limited mobility.
Contact teacher:
Contact by email (expect responses Monday - Friday, only)

Sliding scale from $60.00 to $175.00 per person.

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 note: There are many ways to attend InsightLA classes and events. If you are unable to pay the suggested registration price, please contact us by emailing programs@insightla.org.

Enrollment Limit:
80 | There are still openings for this program.
Items to Bring:
Notebook. Writing instrument.
Contact Information:
or 310-450-1821