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Vancouver Buddhist Temple

220 Jackson Avenue

Vancouver, BC V6A 3B3

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Retreats are an important part of meditation practice, but it can be hard to find time to get away from the obligations of daily life--and the states of concentration and calm that are achievable in secluded retreat conditions may not translate well to everyday life. In this city retreat, we're creating a time when we can prioritize our meditation practice, while integrating it into the rest of our life.

The theme of this retreat will be understanding the hindrances--the states of mind that block our ability to clearly see the present moment. We'll get to know what it feels like when they're present and when they're absent; how to see them as teachers rather than enemies; and how to cultivate a clearer unhindered mind.

The in-person sessions will be held at the Vancouver Buddhist Temple, next to Oppenheimer Park. This venue is fully wheelchair accessible, and there is private secure parking for cars and bikes. This event is being held on unceded Coast Salish land.

Schedule:

  • Sunday Nov 17: practice afternoon 12:30 to 4:30 pm
  • Sunday through Friday: online meditation sessions (using Zoom) from 7 to 7:30 am and from 7 to 8 pm.
  • Saturday Nov 23: day of practice: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Email rachel@bcims.org if you have any questions.

Led by Rachel Lewis. Rachel completed Spirit Rock's Community Dharma Leader program in 2012, as well as its Dedicated Practitioners Program in 2010. She began retreat teacher training at IMS in 2017. She has spent over 450 nights on silent retreat since 2003, including two 3-month retreats. She has taught at Alouette Correctional Centre for Women and in Vancouver and area since 2011, as well as via her alter egos Buddhist Hulk and Bhante Mixalot. Rachel’s day job at VCH is only barely related to her physics PhD. Her interest in bringing music into meditation practice led her to develop a songbook of Buddhist music for choirs. She also maintains BCIMS' Facebook page.


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