Join Sharon and Sylvia Boorstein for their annual retreat at the Garrison Institute. In this retreat we will explore the path to an enlightened heart and mind through the lens of integrity. The Buddha is said to have focused on developing the qualities of virtue—Generosity, Morality, Renunciation, Wisdom, Energy, Patience, Truthfulness, Determination, Lovingkindness and Equanimity—as the basis for his liberation through keen and loving attention.
We will explore how these virtues are manifestations of wisdom as well as supports for it. For example, behaving morally assures a guilt-free mind which is an act of compassion in itself. Also, the perfection of these virtues assures a greater degree of peace and freedom in our everyday lives, regardless of the situations in which we find ourselves or our level of insight.
We will alternate periods of silent sitting and walking meditation with didactic presentations and question and answer periods. Retreatants will be asked to undertake the practice of social silence (speaking only in question and answer sessions or for assistance with retreat logistics) in order to allow each participant to have ample opportunity to attend to their own inner process. There will be a guided Hatha Yoga session each day. The retreat is appropriate for both beginning and experienced meditation practitioners.
The retreat will be supported by a daily period of instructions in yoga by Brahmani Liebman to enhance the contemplative mood of the retreat. The yoga will be suitable for everyone who decides to participate.