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Walking the Bodhisattva Path
Dates: Oct 22, 2021 - Oct 27, 2021
Days: Fri - Wed (5 Nights)

Instructor(s): Pamela Weiss

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The ancient archetype of the bodhisattva offers a compelling model for how to engage in a world rife with division, oppression, and injustice. Bodhi means wise, awake, or enlightened. Sattva means sentient being. So a bodhisattva is a wise, feeling being; someone who feels the suffering of the world, is awake to the truth of our deep interconnectedness, and who yearns to respond with skill and kindness.

During this retreat we will cultivate a community of practice to explore and discover what it means to walk the bodhisattva path. Our time together will weave themes such as: finding true refuge; calling on the inspiration of our ancestors and benefactors; cultivating the Precepts and Paramis; and clarifying our aspirations and vows.

The arc of the retreat will begin by creating a communal altar and end with a ceremony to share and celebrate our insights and intentions. Each day will include periods of silent sitting and walking, time in nature, Dharma talks, reflection, interactive inquiry and discussion, and creative expression. You will leave with an articulation of your unique, heartfelt intention, and a clear vision for how your daily life and relationships can serve as a field of practice.

Three spaces will be held for self-identified BIPOC participants until 8 weeks before this course begins when they will be released generally. Therefore, we encourage you to join the waitlist even if the course appears full as additional spaces may become available. Please see our diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) policies for more information.

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.  

Noble Silence and Mindful Speech: 

Noble silence will be observed following the evening session through breakfast the following morning and at some other times during the retreat.

Experience Level:

Suitable for both beginning and experienced practitioners.

  • Pamela Weiss is a Buddhist teacher and the author of “A Bigger Sky: Awakening a Fierce Feminine Buddhism.” She trained as a monastic at Tassajara Zen Mountain Monastery, sits on the teacher council at Spirit Rock, and received Dharma Transmission in the Suzuki Roshi lineage. Pamela is passionate about integrating feminine ways of knowing into the teachings. She lives in San Francisco.