December 7, 2017—December 10, 2017
Sharon Salzberg and Sylvia Boorstein: Integrity as the Path to Happiness
In this retreat we will explore the path to an enlightened heart and mind through the lens of integrity. The Buddha is said to have focused on developing the qualities of virtue—Generosity, Morality, Renunciation, Wisdom, Energy, Patience, Truthfulness, Determination, Lovingkindness and Equanimity—as the basis for his liberation through keen and loving attention. We will explore how these virtues are manifestations of wisdom as well as supports for it. For example, behaving morally assures a guilt-free mind which is an act of compassion in itself. Also, the perfection of these virtues assures a greater degree of peace and freedom in our everyday lives, regardless of the situations in which we find ourselves or our level of insight.
We will alternate periods of silent sitting and walking meditation with didactic presentations and question and answer periods. Retreatants will be asked to undertake the practice of social silence (speaking only in question and answer sessions or for assistance with retreat logistics) in order to allow each participant to have ample opportunity to attend to their own inner process. There will be a guided Hatha Yoga session each day. The retreat is appropriate for both beginning and experienced meditation practitioners.
The retreat will be supported by a daily period of instructions in yoga by Brahmani Liebman to enhance the contemplative mood of the retreat. The yoga will be suitable for everyone who decides to participate.
Sharon Salzberg has been leading meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. She teaches both intensive awareness practice (vipassana or insight meditation) and the profound cultivation of lovingkindness and compassion (the Brahma Viharas). She is a co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts and The Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. Sharon’s latest book is the New York Times Best Seller, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program.
Sylvia Boorstein, a psychotherapist since 1967, has been a meditation teacher since 1985 and is a co-founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA. She is the author of many books, including It’s Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness; Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There and That’s Funny, You Don’t Look Buddhist: On Being a Faithful Jew and a Passionate Buddhist.
Brahmani Liebman, MSEd, ERYT-500 hour, is an internationally recognized yoga teacher in the Kripalu tradition. She founded The Rivertown Center for Yoga and Health and was director and head teacher for over 20 years. Brahmani is currently co-creator & director (with Jashoda Edmunds) of Journey Into Yoga School of Yoga & Meditation RYS – Workshops, Retreats and Yoga Teacher Trainings. She is former co-director of Kripalu Yoga Teacher Association (KYTA) and presently part of the senior faculty of Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training Team. For more information, visit journeyintoyoga.com
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