The retreat begins each day at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m.
Equanimity is woven throughout the Buddhadharma and has multiple interdependent expressions. As balance in the midst of the eight worldly vicissitudes of gain and loss, praise and blame, fame and disrepute, pleasure and pain. As boundless unconditional friendliness, compassion and sympathetic joy toward all beings. As realizing and living from the wisdom of non-preferential awareness and letting go…to name a few.
There was conflict in the Buddha’s time, there is conflict now. How can we dance externally with conflict in our families, our neighborhoods, our places of study or work paid or volunteer…to name a few? How can we dance internally with grief, fear, anger, confusion, greed as impermanent states of body, heart and mind? How can we see the good, true and beautiful alongside what is wrong and what is missing? How can we not, if we want to find peace in our hearts enough to bring peacefulness into our relationships and the world?
Do no harm *** Act for the good *** Purify the mind ~ Buddha
When cultivating the wholesome mindstate of equanimity, it will naturally flow into our words and actions as one way to dance with the joys and sorrows of life. Pause right now and contemplate What is my North Star? What do I truly value? What matters most within me and around me?
Together we will take refuge in mindful loving awareness with moment-to-moment experience within the landscapes of the body, heart and mind in stillness and in movement. We will take refuge in our temporary sangha that includes both people we know and people we do not know (yet), people geographically near and far through the miracle of technology and cyberspace and the devotion of Dharma Zephyr volunteers. We will also take refuge in our awakening Golden-Buddha Nature, our intrinsic goodness.
If these words give rise to a “Yes” in you, we’ll see you in October – let’s bring the blessing of a heart that is ready for anything and see what happens together!
Dori Langevin, PsyD, completed the Buddha-Dharma and Vipassana Meditation four-year teacher training program in 2010 taught by senior teachers at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and Insight Meditation Society (IMS). She has taught residential retreats at Insight Meditation Community of Washington with Tara Brach, Spirit Rock, IMS, Tara Mandala and Cloud Mountain and has been especially inspired by teaching “relational mindfulness” at the IMS Family Retreats and iBme Teen & Young Adult Retreats. Dori is currently mentoring a third cohort of 39 students in the third two-year mindfulness and compassion practices teacher training with Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield. Dori loves sharing the Buddha’s radical teachings and practices that empower us to live with wakefulness, compassion and wisdom in the midst of our messy, yet radiant lives. She is committed to “re-membering” and calling on qualities of the Sacred Feminine ~ variance of vision & inclusivity, interdependence & deep reverence for life, honoring inner authority, and embodied presence.
The retreat will be held online via Zoom. To receive access to the retreat via Zoom, please contact the event organizer listed below.
Dana (donation): Because these liberation teachings are priceless, there is no charge for this event. Dana will be gratefully accepted by the teacher and by Dharma Zephyr, giving participants the opportunity to freely engage in the practice of generosity, the first step toward freedom.