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The Inner Work of Beginning Again
Dates: Apr 29, 2022 - May 01, 2022
Days: Fri - Sun (2 Nights)

Instructor(s): Rhonda Magee

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When the winds of change blow hard through our personal, social or political lives, how do the practices of mindfulness support us to begin again? Can mindfulness — what we might call a state of more intentionally conscious, heartful awareness that may be cultivated by meditation — lead to the enhanced capacity to reside in a state in which “beginning again” is an aspect of our every day, moment-to-moment experience? Might mindfulness, then, be an integral part of how we respond to change, disruption, and the impermanence of life?

During this practice retreat, we'll explore excerpts from Eddie Glaude's meditation on James Baldwin, race, and America, Begin Again; the Connected Discourses of the Buddha; and the Heart Sutra to support us in deepening the practices of mindfulness for this time. We'll explore means of reconnecting to centuries-old practices for resourcing ourselves, and for taking refuge in our lives with compassion for ourselves and for others, and for discerning the signs of our own inner renewal in these times.

Noble Silence: 

Noble silence will be observed following the evening session through breakfast the following morning.

Experience Level:

This course is suitable for both beginning and experienced practitioners.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:

This course will be offered on a lottery basis in order to ensure that spaces are available for a diverse student body. Registering for a lottery does not ensure a space in the program. The lottery will close at 11:59 PM US Eastern time on December 15th, and spaces will be offered by December 22nd. Payment will be due three days from notification of acceptance. Click for more information about our lottery courses.

Demographic questions are required for this course because we are committed to ensuring that spaces in the program are available for a diverse student body.

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.