Meditation Retreat - 3 Day Intensive

with Teri Rowe

February 1st—February 3rd

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  • $25.00 Suggested Contribution

The Year of the Earth Boar begins officially on February 5, 2019.  It is said that the last days at the end of the Tibetan year are marked by a propensity to lose one’s mindfulness, and as a result we might encounter accidents and mishaps. The period preceding Shambhala Day is referred to in our sangha as the “dön season,” because such sudden losses of mindfulness can be more common – it is a time during which it’s recommended that we keep life simple, be very mindful and practice as much as possible.

In particular, we are encouraged to recite a chant called “Pacifying the Turmoil of the Mamos” together in order to purify the karmic causes of personal, social, and environmental chaos that accumulates at year’s end. By reciting the chant, we tune into the protector principle of awareness and reconnect with sacred outlook.

Open Sky will use this practice intensive to clear out the cobwebs of 2018 and think creatively about what we want as a sangha in 2019.  

Friday and Saturday will be silent with sitting and walking meditation until noon, a contemplative lunch together followed by sitting and walking meditation.  Each afternoon will include one or more events such as a movement period, journaling, group discussion and break-out groups.  At 4:30 we will recit the Mamo and protector chants sitting and closing chants.  We will conclude our day at 6:00.  

Sunday will begin with practice at 9:00am including the Shambhala Sadhana ending at noon.  Following sitting and walking meditation, we will set up the pot-luck meal, eat together and share in community activites.  Please bring a dish to share, but even if you are not able - join us anyway!

Lunch and snacks will be provided on Friday and Saturday for those who register in advance.