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Summer Stillness Meditation Retreat

Summer Stillness Meditation Retreat
Event on 2017-07-20 19:00:00
SUMMER STILLNESS MEDITATION RETREAT July 20 – 250/360/285   Several days of stillness, silence, and meditation can be an important means to deeper understanding of ourselves and the Dharma. Through reading and study, classes, and participation in sangha life, the Buddhist way of life gradually permeates. Retreat time helps our learning soak through to our core, so that we are more consistently and fully expressing kindness and wisdom in our lives.    On this retreat we will have several formal meditation sessions each day, including the practice of Mindfulness of Breathing, Metta Bhavana, open 'formless' meditations, and walking meditation. There will also be time during the day for personal contemplation, yoga practice, or deep rest.   Over the course of 5 days there will be one or two optional private meditation 'reviews' for each participant.  There will also be optional small-group check-ins twice during the retreat for those who find sharing their experience helps them to be conscious of the patterns and processes they are experiencing.  We will hear short poems of inspiration and will have chanting of mantras and/or offering of puja as we find them helpful.  We will be in silence for the duration of the retreat apart from these supportive sessions.    In silence we can hear our inner voice more clearly. In stillness we can see the ripples of our patterns and reactivity more distinctly.  In meditation we can see ourselves holding on and letting go. In the simplicity of retreat we can set aside commitments and activities; we can let go of whatever hinders our way to peace and happiness and wisdom.   Enjoy sitting in the shrine room with the sounds of summer birds and insects. Discover the freedom of letting go into silence and stillness, within and all around.     This retreat is open to those with some meditation experience. Introductory meditation instruction is not offered on this retreat, however, guidance and support are available through the small group sharing sessions and the 1-1 reviews.   Retreat led by Dharmacharini Amala, an experienced meditation and Dharma teacher in the Triratna Buddhist Community. 

at Aryaloka Buddhist Center
14 Heartwood Circle
Newmarket, United States

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