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Garrison Institute – INTEGRITY AS A PATH TO HAPPINESS – Retreat with Sylvia Boorstein

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.

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There are a limited number of scholarships available for healthcare workers and educators from the Angell Foundation

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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.

Insight Meditation Community of Washington – DC HOLIDAY WEEKEND RETREAT – w Sylvia Boorstein

As part of their 20th Anniversary Celebration, the Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC invites you to join Sylvia Boorstein and Sharon Salzberg for a weekend workshop. Participants may register for the individual evening Friday event, the all-day Saturday event, or purchase a two-day pass for both the Friday night December 1 talk and the December 2 daylong.

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Peace on Earth, Good Will to All: Cultivating an Inclusive Heart

 Friday, December 1, 7:30-9 p.m.

An evening of Dharma (teaching) talk and meditation with two leading meditation teachers. Explore ways to cultivate kindness, balance, right speech and inner contentment in these challenging times. Gain new tools for resolving differences among family, friends and others during holiday gatherings and beyond.

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Peace and Joy: When, If Not Now?

Saturday, December 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Nurture your capacity for joy, calm and ease throughout the holiday season. Learn to cultivate a more mindful and loving presence. These renowned teachers bring over four decades of teaching and meditation experience to offer a more balanced and grounded preparation for the coming New Year. Their engaging sessions combine talks, dialogue, meditation practice, humor and Q&A.


Retreat Manager: Betty Rogers

Accessibility: This venue is handicapped accessible. There is a special entrance and elevator for special needs. Please contact the retreat manager for information and note any needs in the “Special Requests” section of the registration page.

 

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Scholarships: Scholarships are available. To apply, please click the “Contact Us” button below before registering. You can also direct a donation to the scholarship fund on the registration form. Please apply early as funds are limited.

Fees:

Friday night only: $25.00
Saturday only: $85.00
Both Friday & Saturday: $100.00

 

Garrison REAL LOVE RETREAT with Sylvia Boorstein

Garrison InstituteJoin Sylvia and Sharon for their annual retreat at Garrison Institute. This year’s retreat focuses on REAL LOVE. To love ourselves, we must know ourselves. To love one another, we must know one another. But our assumptions, distractions, fears, expectations, and personal sense of unworthiness obscure these kernels of truth. We yearn for connection with others—but our minds get in the way, constantly spinning judgments about how we are fundamentally alienated from one another. As William James wisely explained, “Our view of the world is truly shaped by what we decide to hear.” We can train ourselves to change, to “hear” more of what is out there—and to “listen” less to our limiting and often self-condemning thoughts along the way. Scholarships are available for this program.

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With core mindfulness and lovingkindness techniques, and other meditation exercises, Sharon and Sylvia will guide participants through the process of seeing through layers of habit—whether rooted in fear, self-condemnation or other mental conditioning—to find a truer meaning of love for themselves, for their loved ones, for those they don’t know but with whom they share this planet—for all beings everywhere. Suitable for both new and experienced meditators, this silent retreat consists of guided meditations, talks and time for questions and answers. When our minds are clear and focused our natural capacity to love spontaneously manifests.


 

Sharon Salzberg has been leading meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. She teaches both intensive awareness practice (vipassana or insight meditation) and the profound cultivation of lovingkindness and compassion (the Brahma Viharas). She is a co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts and The Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. Sharon’s latest book is the New York Times Best Seller, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program, published by Workman Publishing.

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Sylvia Boorstein, a psychotherapist since 1967, has been a meditation teacher since 1985 and is a co-founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA. She is the author of many books, including It’s Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness; Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There and That’s Funny, You Don’t Look Buddhist: On Being a Faithful Jew and a Passionate Buddhist.

Garrison Retreat with Sharon Salzberg & Sylvia Boorstein

The Whole of the Path: Virtue, Mind-Training and Wisdom

Garrison InstituteJoin Sharon Salzberg and Sylvia Boorstein for the Whole of the Path Retreat at Garrison Institute from December 10-13, 2015.  In this retreat we will explore timeless liberating practices: the development of a generous heart, an essential integrity, a powerful steadiness of attention, and an expansive perspective on who we actually are and the love and compassion we are capable of. No matter what situation we find ourselves in, these practices provide a vehicle to greater freedom.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.

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sylviaboorsteinphoto2About Sylvia Boorstein

Sylvia Boorstein has been a psychotherapist since 1967 and has been a meditation teacher since 1985 and is a co-founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA. She is the author of many books, including It’s Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness; Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There; That’s Funny, You Don’t Look Buddhist: On Being a Faithful Jew and a Passionate Buddhist; and Pay Attention, For Goodness’ Sake: The Buddhist Path of Kindness. For more information about Sylvia, please visit: www.spiritrock.org.

 


 

Sharon SalzbergAbout Sharon Salzberg

Sharon Salzberg is cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts. She has been a student of meditation since 1971, guiding meditation retreats worldwide since 1974.  Sharon’s latest book is Real Happiness At Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace, published by Workman Publishing. She is a columnist for On Being, regular contributor to The Huffington Post and is also the author of several other books including the New York Times Best Seller, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program (2010), Love Your Enemies (2013), Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience (2002), and Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness (1995).

 


 

Metta for Me

28-Day Meditation Challenge ~ Day 25 Wednesday, February 25, 2015 Some days when I’m practicing metta, I feel expansive and radiant. I’m wishing well to friends and family, all my neighbors and co-workers, The Neutrals, the people who annoy me, Read More