The Path of Friendship - The Teaching of the Buddha

Dec 2 (Sat) - Dec 3 (Sun)
8:30am to 3:00pm (Saturday & Sunday)
InsightLA Benedict Canyon
Come spend the weekend with Beth Sternlieb and Jaya Rudgard at ILA's beautiful Benedict Canyon Retreat House for a non-residential weekend retreat.

The theme of the retreat will be "Friendship is the whole path," a key teaching of the Buddha.

There will be periods of silent sitting and walking meditation, instruction and guidance, teachings, and discussion. Enjoy the seclusion and peace that a weekend of quiet practice in community offers.

Participants are encouraged to continue practicing mindfulness in the evenings at home on Saturday to strengthen their continuity of mindfulness for the full retreat experience, although this is a non-residential retreat.

Beth Sternlieb is guiding teacher of the Buddhist Path at InsightLA and is happy to be teaching this weekend retreat with her friend Jaya Rudgard.
Jaya Rudgard began meditating in 1984 when she stayed as a teenager at Chithurst Buddhist Monastery in England and heard teachings from Ajahn Sumedho and others who had trained in Thailand with Ajahn Chah. She was particularly drawn to the simplicity and integrity of the forest sangha style of practice and training in community life. In 1996 she became a nun in the UK forest sangha spending periods at Amaravati, Chithurst and Hartridge Buddhist monasteries with Ajahn Sumedho and Ajahn Sucitto as her main teachers.

More recently Jaya graduated from the four-year Spirit Rock and IMS teacher training into which she was invited by Jack Kornfield, continuing the connection to his teacher Ajahn Chah. These four years gave her opportunities to sit and study with more teachers in the lineage of Mahasi Sayadaw, and her approach to practice has subsequently been especially influenced by the teaching of Joseph Goldstein and Carol Wilson, as well as by practising with Sayadaw U Tejaniya.

InsightLA offers payment plan options as well as limited financial assistance. For more information please email
Contact teacher:
Contact by email (expect responses Monday - Friday, only)

Sliding scale from $50 to $175 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

Enrollment Limit:
30 | There are still openings for this program.
Items to Bring:
Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a journal & pen
Contact Information: or 310-450-1821