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Engaging the Call for ReLOVEution: Dharma-Informed Activism for These Times

Residential Program
Dates: Mar 17, 2023 - Mar 21, 2023
Days: Friday - Tuesday
Number of Nights: 4 nights

Instructor(s): Thanissara

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Program Description:

Facing significant interconnected social, political, economic, and environmental crises, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and defeated even as we are trying to make a difference. With reactive currents in our psyche running in different directions, we need to fully acknowledge how we’re doing. In the first noble truth, meeting directly “how it is” clears space to help us clarify our intentions. As we respond ever more to this call for and from the future, the invitation of this truth can also help us discern empowered ways forward, individually and collectively.

Taking the theme of ReLOVEution, we will explore an intentional, heart-centered approach to the many crises of our time rooted in the practices of the Bodhisattva while informed and inspired by sacred activists past and present. While division, hate, and fear often seem to have the upper hand, we’ll explore what it means for us to choose a path of love within a balance of inner wellbeing and engaged activism. Our inquiry will be supported by Insight Meditation, Dharma reflections, psycho-spiritual process work, devotional and ceremonial practices, embodied movement and breath practice, the use of mantras, chants, music, journaling, dream-sharing, and shared inquiry sessions.

Noble Silence:
Noble silence will be observed following each evening session through breakfast the following morning. Additional silent practice periods will be scheduled throughout the program.

Experience Level:
Suitable for beginning and experienced practitioners.
    About the Instructor(s):
  • Thanissara began practice in the Burmese school of U Ba Khin in 1975. She spent 12 years as a Buddhist nun in the Forest Tradition of Ajahn Chah. She has facilitated meditation retreats internationally the last 30 years and has an MA in Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy Practice. She is co-founder, with Kittisaro, of Dharmagiri Sacred Mountain Retreat in South Africa, and Sacred Mountain Sangha in California, which runs a two-year Dharmapala Training.