Sharing Refuge in Stillness and Community
Doreen Schweizer and Subha Srinivasan
Fri., Dec. 8, 7-8:30 pm; Sat., Dec. 9, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
In Valley Insight’s Online Dharma Hall and In Person (Lebanon NH)
Registration required: register here
“Refuge is a shelter that you never have to leave.” — Stephen Fulder, Israeli Dharma Teacher
In this year’s Annual Valley Insight end-of-year retreat, offered via Zoom and in person in Lebanon, NH, we will rest our hearts together and find moments of peace and balance. As a community, we will explore the Buddha’s teachings on kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity. In these difficult times of rapid change, upheaval, war, political chaos, and climate crisis, these practices can help soothe the trembling heart’s tendency towards reactivity and cultivate a stillness from which wise action can continually emerge. Participating in the retreat is in and of itself a wise action — one of the many compassionate and wholesome answers to the very immediate question of “What can I do to help?”
The structure of the retreat will include meditation instruction and reflections with time for questions and responses along with periods of silent sitting and walking practice. Participants are encouraged to join the optional, introductory Friday evening session to become familiar with the structure of the retreat, the teachers, and one another. This retreat is suitable for all levels of meditation experience, including new beginners. It will be carefully guided by Valley Insight Teachers Subha Srinivasan and Doreen Schweizer.
This retreat is freely offered: there is no registration fee. Dana may be offered to the teachers online or in person.
Meditation becomes both a refuge and a training: a refuge into being, and a training into doing. — Martine Batchelor