Special Programs

SPIRIT ROCK: The Dharma and the Drama  
Teacher(s): Wes Nisker, Nina Wise, Carla Brennan
Date: Monday, September 18, 3:00pm – Sunday, September 24, 11:30
To Register: https://www.spiritrock.org/calendarDetails?EventID=4429
During this retreat we will study and practice together the art and discipline of mindfulness meditation. As we do our meditation practice, we will draw on the radical new understandings of contemporary science, history, and culture, helping to support and amplify the teachings of the Buddha. In addition to periods of sitting in silence, we will engage in gently yoga and a few interactive movement practices designed to explore the path to freedom in the body as well as the mind.The retreat will make creative use of classic Buddhist meditation techniques: to explore the evolutionary origin of our body and emotions; practice traditional Buddhist reflections on death and dying; examine our nature “as” nature; and through movement, ground our awareness in the body. All the while, we will examine the tricky delusions of mind and the mystery of consciousness itself. In the process we expect to find relief from our personal drama and a new sense of delight and meaning in our embodied lives.The retreat will also include poetry, chanting and a little “crazy wisdom.”

SEPTEMBER 30, 2017
Daylong Retreat
“Investigating Not-Self and Emptiness”
Sat., September 30, 9:30am – 4:00pm
Insight Santa Cruz
740 Front Street, Suite 240, Santa Cruz
Teacher: Carla Brennan
β€œThe usefulness of a cup is its emptiness.” – Zen saying
The Buddhist concepts of emptiness and not-self can be the most perplexing teachings of the Dharma. There may be misconceptions, negative reactions and even fear when first hearing about emptiness and not-self. Yet it is by beginning to realize emptiness directly that we touch on the truth of who and what we really are. Emptiness provides a key to liberation by helping us disidentify from our patterns of suffering. We will investigate the meaning of emptiness through an exploration of emptiness of self, emptiness of phenomena, and emptiness of awareness itself. Mindfulness practice helps us shift from a limited ego-based identity to an awareness-based presence. This undistracted, embodied awareness is unencumbered by the resistance, struggle and clinging that usually define our life. Little by little the tight grip of our confusion and fears releases into the open emptiness of just being. The day will include short teachings, silent sitting, guided meditations and discussion.
Cost: Dana (donation)
How to Register: No registration required