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Soulmaking Dharma: Re-enchanting the Cosmos and the Poetry of Perception
Dates: Jan 10, 2020 - Jan 16, 2020
Days: Fri - Thu (6 Nights)

Instructor(s): Catherine McGee

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In this program we will cultivate a sensitive and meditative playfulness with respect to the senses, the body, and the whole experience of being. Relating to our practice as the fashioning and tuning of an instrument of perception, we will explore our seeing and sensing not as "revealers of truth" but as "arts" – opening us to our freedom but also beyond it to an infinite field of potential enchantment, depth, beauty, and meaningfulness, and giving to everything, including our sufferings, a necessary place. Inquiring into the barriers–emotional, ideological, and practical–that can prevent this opening, constrain its range, or render it ineffectual for our lives, we will explore the nature of an enchantment without clinging. 

This course will be offered by application. Applications will close on at 11:59 PM US Eastern time on October 15th, and spaces will be offered October 22nd. Payment will be due three days from notification of acceptance.

Noble Silence and Mindful Speech: 

This mostly silent program will have occasional contemplative exercises that may involve speaking and listening, and there will be several periods designated for optional non-silent engagement during the course. 

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:

As we work to become a more inclusive, equitable, and diverse 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.

  • Catherine McGee has been teaching Insight Meditation retreats internationally since 1999, and since 2014 has been collaborating with Rob Burbea in shaping and teaching Soulmaking Dharma. She is a member of the Gaia House teacher council, teaches yearly at IMS, and is a guiding teacher for One Earth Sangha – a web-based sangha exploring Buddhist responses to the climate crisis.