REAL FREEDOM: A Meditation Retreat on Courage, Love, and Compassion
In a lot of what we suffer, both within ourselves and in the world, we can see the role played by a deficit in compassion, love and courage, and by a blunted sense of the true happiness that is possible for us. This is fed by a number of factors, including our idea of what it means to care, and our diminishing capacity for relating authentically to other beings. Join longtime friends and colleagues Sharon Salzberg and Roshi Joan Halifax for a weekend retreat focused on reclaiming a world of great possibility by opening these limited definitions and reconnecting with love and compassion in a more essential way.
In this weekend retreat, we learn how to distinguish skillful habits that lead to awareness and a sense of deep connection, and free ourselves from unskillful habits that reinforce a sense of separation. Mindfulness allows us to reach into our hearts and open them, re-orienting to compassion. Through lovingkindness practice, we can cultivate courage by taking risks to break free of the limits and expectations of love that we habitually carry for so long. In doing so, we can gradually create a spaciousness of mind that allows for a more direct, experiential relationship with ourselves and others. This offers us a deeper sense of freedom and connection in everyday life.
LODGING FILLS QUICKLY. WE ENCOURAGE EARLY LODGING COMMITMENT.
About Joan Halifax: Roshi Joan Halifax is a Buddhist teacher, Zen priest, anthropologist, and author. She is Founder, Abbot, and Head Teacher of Upaya Zen Center, a Buddhist monastery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She received her Ph.D in medical anthropology in 1973. She has lectured on the subject of death and dying at many academic institutions, including Harvard Divinity School and Harvard Medical School, Georgetown Medical School, University of Virginia Medical School, Duke University Medical School, University of Connecticut Medical School, among many others.