Annual New Year's Retreat: Real Happiness-- Discovering the Nature of Reality with Robert Thurman, Carolyn Christie, & Brooke Myers

Friday, December 28, 2012 - Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Menla Mountain Retreat Center

Phoenicia, NY

845.688.6897 ext. 0

Mind, said Buddha, is the key to both happiness and unhappiness.   The untrained mind, only partially conscious, is often a victim of itself. During much of our waking life, we are not actually aware of what our minds are doing. All kinds of negative inclinations are continually being reinforced and we act because of thoughts of which we are only marginally aware. The Buddha taught mindfulness to counter this tendency, to wake us up from mindlessness, and to help us move forward to live with the enormous capacity we have as human beings for wisdom and compassion.

The most important function of mindfulness is to serve as a platform for waking up to reality: who we are, the truths of change and interdependence, where happiness actually comes from. Most particularly, at the heart of the Buddha's teaching is a vexing proposition: that the self as we conventionally experience it is a fiction. What does this mean? Can we really understand it? What are the implications for how we live our lives?   

This workshop will explore, discuss and make possible an experience of a more true happiness, one infused with reality, wakefulness, wisdom and compassion, as we begin the new year. Join these four wonderful teachers in setting intentions for and ringing in 2013!

Open to all levels of experience.

We encourage you to register early as space is limited and this event usually sells out.