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Liberating the Mind and Heart - A Retreat Developing Compassion & Joy
• What we'll do Monday, September 17, 2018 – Sunday September 23, 2018 LOVING KINDNESS is a profound quality of friendliness toward all of life. Compassion is a deep commitment to non-harming. Joy highlights the blessings. Equanimity sees the truth with a balanced mind. This ancient practice called Brahma Vihara practice cultivates a heartful wish that all beings be well. It uproots tendencies toward ill will, harming, competitive discontent, and craving. It is a practice of happiness that heals the heart, meets the pains of life with sensitivity, and strengthens the inner serenity that is essential for concentration. The Brahma Viharas can lead to the absorption states of jhana, and to what the ancient Buddhist texts describe as a vast, exhaulted, and “immeasurable liberation of the mind.” This retreat will include instruction, guided meditations, and teachings on cultivating these qualities of friendliness, compassion, joy, and equanimity. There will be alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, dhamma teachings, question and answer sessions, self-scheduled practice periods, and teacher consultations. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.imsb.org/event/loving-kindness-metta-meditation-retreat-in-santa-rosa-ca-with-shaila-catherine/ • What to bring • Important to know

Redwood Glen Retreat Center

100 Wright Dr · Loma Mar, ca

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Insight Meditation South Bay (http://imsb.org/index.php) - a center for mindfulness, peace and awakening

Insight Meditation South Bay (IMSB) (http://www.imsb.org) offers mindfulness (http://www.imsb.org/teachings/written-teachings-articles-and-interviews/reflections-on-mindfulness-an-interview-with-shaila-catherine/)-based meditation practices to awaken heart and mind, and to support the development of ethical living, meditation, and wisdom. We teach skills for developing mindfulness, loving-kindness and compassion, concentration, practical daily life wisdom, and the deep meditative absorptions called jhanas.

IMSB's ongoing programs include a weekly meditation group (http://www.imsb.org/programs/weekly-sitting-group/) Tuesday evenings in Mountain View and Thursday evenings in Saratoga, a beginner's orientation (http://www.imsb.org/programs/beginners-orientation/) the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30, a Day-Long Retreat (http://www.imsb.org/programs/daylong-and-half-day-programs/) each month, and online courses (http://www.imsb.org/programs/online-courses/). We offer a 6-month Walking the Path (http://www.imsb.org/programs/walking-the-path/) program, Sutta Study Courses on the Discourses of the Buddha, and residential and non-residential meditation retreats (http://www.imsb.org/programs/retreats/). Please visit imsb.org (http://www.imsb.org) for more information about our ongoing programs and the many special events that IMSB offers.

The heart of Insight Meditation, also known as Vipassana (http://www.imsb.org/teachings/vipassana-practice/), is the clarity of awakening. We use mindfulness-based meditative approaches for spiritual awakening and require no adherence to religious dogma. Freedom is the essence of this meditation training. Attachment is the problem that meditation is designed to solve. Wisdom, peace and calm awareness pervade the silence of formal meditation and also the business of active daily life. We train our minds through meditation and contemplation and apply that clarity to our complex daily interactions.

IMSB and our teachers (http://www.imsb.org/about-us/teachers-2/) are dedicated to the Buddhist practice of Dana (http://www.imsb.org/generosity/) and generosity. Our activities rely upon the generosity of our community in donations, gift or effort.

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