As social beings, our lives are inextricably interwoven. The Buddha emphasized the immense power of social harmony, spiritual friendship, and wise speech as factors conducive to awakening. During this weekend retreat, we will explore Dhamma teachings and relational practices that foster peace, clarity, and compassion both internally and externally.
An integral part of this three-day retreat will be the practice of wise speech, a skillful vehicle for expressing the Dhamma fully into our whole lives. We will study, contemplate and practice the Buddha’s teachings using Nonviolent Communication and restorative dialogue practices to explore suffering and transformation on personal, interpersonal, and social levels. These interpersonal practices bring the insight and tranquility of traditional Buddhist meditation into our interactions with others. Through an attentive weaving of dialogue practice, silent mindfulness and kindness meditation, mindful movement, and time in nature, we will deepen the essential qualities that support living in this complex relational world with clarity, integrity, and compassion.