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Dwelling in Goodness and Safety: A Brahma Vihara Retreat

Residential Program
Dates: May 10, 2024 - May 15, 2024
Days: Friday - Wednesday
Number of Nights: 5 nights

Instructor(s): devon hase and nico hase

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Program Description:

This program is co-sponsored by Dharma Gates and intended for participants ages 18-35.

Through cultivating beautiful qualities of the heart and mind, we can discover a place of safety, rest, and resiliency right in the middle of everything. Love, compassion, joy, and equanimity are the skillful responses of a wise heart. Known as the brahma viharas (divine abidings), they are qualities that keep us resourced and inspired to engage with our complex, aching world. During this program, we’ll explore and deepen into these four heart practices offered by the Buddha. Our sitting and walking schedule will move through each of them in sequence, beginning with the practice of metta (loving-kindness) and moving through karuna (compassion), mudita (appreciative joy), and upekkha (equanimity).

This program will include dharma talks, guided meditation, silent meditation, relational practices, walking meditation, and mindful movement.

Thanks to the generous support of the Hemera Foundation, this event is donation-based with a $25 registration fee. If you would like this fee to be refunded, please reach out to Dharma Gates at team@dharma-gates.org, and we will refund the fee upon your attendance at the event.

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Noble Silence:
This program includes dedicated periods of both wise speech and noble silence. In addition to some contemplative exercises involving mindful speaking and listening, there will be periods when participants are able to speak freely.

Experience Level:
Suitable for beginning and experienced practitioners.

Cancellation Policy:
This policy applies to all residential and Path programs. Please note cancellation fees are at most $50 for those receiving financial assistance. Prior to six weeks before the program start date, cancellation fees are $50 for all programs more than two nights and $25 for programs two nights or less. 50% of your deposit is forfeited if you cancel between two and six weeks of the program start date. 100% of your deposit is forfeited if you cancel less than two weeks before the program start date.

Covid-19 Safety Protocol:
Please review our Covid-19 Safety Protocols here: https://www.buddhistinquiry.org/everything-you-need-to-know/

As we work to become a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive community, we invite feedback/suggestions you may have regarding ways that we can make participation in the program more accessible and welcoming. Please email us at contact@buddhistinquiry.org.
    About the Instructor(s):
  • devon hase loves long retreats. Cumulatively, she’s spent four years in silent practice in the Insight and Vajrayana traditions. Since discovering meditation in 2000, she has put dharma and community at the center of her life: she spent a decade bringing mindfulness to high school and college classrooms and now teaches at the Insight Meditation Society, Spirit Rock, and other centers around the world. She enjoys supporting practitioners with personal mentoring, and her friendly, conversational approach centers on relational practice and the natural world. Along with her life partner nico, devon co-authored How Not to Be a Hot Mess: A Buddhist Survival Guide for Modern Life. She continues to spend a good part of the time in wilderness retreat in Oregon, Massachusetts, and elsewhere. For more, visit devonandnicohase.com.

  • nico hase lived in a monastery for six years before earning a PhD in counseling psychology and becoming an Insight Meditation teacher full time. He currently mentors mindfulness teachers, teaches online and in-person retreats, and speaks with students in one-on-one sessions. He and his beloved life partner devon are the authors of How Not to Be a Hot Mess: A Survival Guide for Modern Life. Find out more at www.devonandnicohase.com