“The Jhanas and Insight”: A 10 Day-9 Night Residential Retreat with Leigh Brasington at Lake Tahoe

The jhanas are eight progressive altered states of consciousness that can be identified with the aspect of the Buddha’s Eightfold Path called right concentration. Training in concentration leads to these states, each of which yields a deeper and subtler state of awareness than the previous one. The jhanas are not…

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Daylong Meditation Retreat with Steve Armstrong: “Awareness: Balancing Wonder and Terror”

“Awareness: Balancing Wonder and Terror” (A non-residential weekend “Awareness” retreat) DHARMA ZEPHYR INSIGHT MEDITATION COMMUNITY Sept. 15, 16, 2018 with Steve Armstrong In this two-day, non-residential retreat, dhamma teacher Steve Armstrong will offer teachings and instructions that cultivate stable awareness of all experience. Awareness: the balanced activity of five faculties,…

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Daylong Meditation Retreat with Steve Armstrong: “Awareness: Balancing Wonder and Terror”

“Awareness: Balancing Wonder and Terror” (A non-residential weekend “Awareness” retreat) DHARMA ZEPHYR INSIGHT MEDITATION COMMUNITY Sept. 15, 16, 2018 with Steve Armstrong In this two-day, non-residential retreat, dhamma teacher Steve Armstrong will offer teachings and instructions that cultivate stable awareness of all experience. Awareness: the balanced activity of five faculties,…

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5-Night Residential Retreat with John Travis at Lake Tahoe

” Dancing towards open awareness” This retreat is based on the fundamental principles of practice. First- is the discipline to stop and collect ourselves – the principles of concentration. Second- the ability and repetition of seeing into the simple functions of the heart and mind. Seeing how we live with,…

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Daylong Meditation Retreat with Heather Sundberg

“OK so I had an Insight, maybe it was small, maybe it changed everything for me. Now what?” (By the way, everyone has insights!) We spend much of our spiritual lives chasing after meditative ‘experiences’, perhaps hoping for the intensity, the ‘big moments’.  We often miss the simple insights, which…

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Daylong Meditation Retreat with Heather Sundberg

Wise Friends – Celebrating Integrity – Hearing the Dharma (truth) – Wise Effort – Harmony with Impermanence   At this daylong we will deeply explore these Five Marvelous Qualities that both ‘wake us up’ and also serve as markers of our continuing awakening on the spiritual path.  Through stories, guided…

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From Effort To Ease: A Daylong Meditation Retreat with John Travis

The Buddha emphasized over and over that it takes effort to follow the path of the Dharma. Yet, the ultimate result is about the nature of ease. We use effort to see into the nature of a fearful and restless Mind/Heart. Then, using the fundamentals of insight – relaxing into…

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From Effort To Ease: A Daylong Meditation Retreat with John Travis

The Buddha emphasized over and over that it takes effort to follow the path of the Dharma. Yet, the ultimate result is about the nature of ease. We use effort to see into the nature of a fearful and restless Mind/Heart. Then, using the fundamentals of insight – relaxing into…

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3-Night Residential Retreat with Amita Schmidt & Kathy Schwerin at Lake Tahoe: “The Connected Heart”

Though our world is more connected than ever in some ways, we still experience a connection deficit with ourselves and others. We can retreat into a sense of helplessness, anger, or despair in the face of the suffering we witness, feeling overwhelmed. Yet a connected heart is not anxious in…

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