Reflective Meditation: Vulnerability and Self-Compassion
Compassion, in Buddhism, is born from a direct experiential knowledge of hurt and vulnerability. Compassion is turning towards the pain with care and kindness, rather than running from its sting.
On this retreat, meditation can cocoon you from your difficulties. You may be able to stay with them longer; creating a vantage point from which you can soften and make adjustments. A trusted sangha or community can mirror back to you their understanding and compassion. This interest in and awareness of your vulnerabilities will directly affect your development of compassion.
With Linda Modaro and Nelly Kaufer
Friday, September 25, 2020 – Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Taos, New Mexico – Columbine Inn and Conference Center
During this five-night, six-day residential retreat, we will teach an open meditation practice that is followed by reflection and journaling. We welcome continuing students, mentees who want to offer this orientation to their communities, as well as, meditators who are new to our orientation towards meditation practice and retreats. The roots of this practice are to be found in the Buddha’s early teachings and are based on learning to trust the ways of knowing that develop in meditation, enabling you to be more responsive and present in your life.
WHY MEDITATE AND REFLECT?
We believe that you can learn beneficial ways of meditating by seeing how your mind operates within meditation. This kind of “seeing” can be naturally developed through recollection and reflection, whether done in a journal or expressed verbally to an experienced teacher or peers.
Most likely you will have a goal in mind when you come to meditation practice. What is in your mind and heart matters deeply and does not need to be separated out from your meditation practice. Much of the learning comes from your own recognition and insight, rather than from an authority, a tradition, or any dogmatic and rigid way of thinking about meditation. More on this is here: https://satisangha.org/meditation
We offer a schedule that includes several meditation sittings sessions per day, dharma talks, small group reflection, individual sessions if desired, and free time.
The retreats are held in silence, and you can bring reading materials, as well as equipment for your daily exercise routine.
Three meals per day – vegetarian, and a lighter meal at dinner. We will cater our lunch and dinner and can accommodate food allergies, but there might be an extra charge.
If you have not been on a retreat with us before, please schedule a time to speak with one of the teachers so you can better acquaint yourself with our philosophy.
Our orientation to meditation seems to help develop some of these aspects and qualities:
• An independent, flexible meditation practice that can be done anywhere, anytime.
• Relief from reactivity by being able to tolerate and appreciate the range and complexity of difficult mental and physical states.
• The cultivation of a self-honest and safe inner environment where you can learn to meet whatever your mind comes up with.
• Peaceful, relaxed and stress-free states of mind which allow you to rest, take ease, and be less impulsive.
• The development of qualities such as awareness, kindness, patience, curiosity, friendliness and generosity.
• By articulating and describing your meditation sittings, you can learn to discern many experiences which are not often languaged in meditation or life.
• Becoming aware of your patterns and habits in meditation can facilitate personal insights into your behavior and relationships.
FEES & DANA/SUPPORT RANGE
Sati Sangha has a desire to lead a generous, respectful life and to share it with others. Your giving and generosity for the teachings will be received with gratitude.
For retreats and larger workshops we have established our registration fees and dana as a range, rather than setting one amount to cover expenses with a request for an additional donation for the teachings. The low end of the range covers only out-of-pocket expenses for the retreat center and teachers. Payment at the higher ranges support the teaching and living expenses for Linda Modaro, honorariums for co-teachers, and students experiencing financial challenges. We do not want to turn anyone away for lack of financial resources. Those who cannot afford the lowest range should talk to Linda; we will try to find a way to work it out.
REGISTRATION DETAILS COMING SOON
Suggested Fees and Dana Range: $870-$2370
Deposit due: $200 on June 15, 2020
Final payment due: August 26, 2020 (no cancellations after this date)