Joy for all Times
Joy is a beautiful quality of the heart and an essential component of the Buddhist path. We will explore different flavors of joy, such as empathetic joy at the happiness of others (mudita), meditative joy (piti), and the simple joy that arises from having a path of practice. We will also consider the relevance and benefits of joy in situations of suffering, whether personal or with regard to the challenges of the world.
This weekend will include quiet sitting and walking practice as well as some guided meditations. We will explore teachings that deepen our experience of the open and wise heart, enriching our practice both on and off the cushion. Listen to this link to hear at talk from Kim called Two Streams or One? (wisdom and compassion), which inspires some of the topics for this retreat: http://www.audiodharma.org/talks/audio_player/6477.html.
Kim Allen practiced with Gil Fronsdal for a dozen years, and now serves on the Teacher’s Council at Insight Santa Cruz. Her training includes cumulative two years in silent retreat; sutta study with Gil, Bhikkhu Bodhi, and Shaila Catherine; and the Sati Center’s Buddhist Chaplaincy program. She also volunteers as a hospital chaplain and offers meditation in the psychiatric ward. Her teaching emphasizes the willingness to look truthfully at experience, and to soften in light of what is seen. Formerly she worked in environmental sustainability and organization development. To hear more of Kim's talks, go to http://www.uncontrived.org/audio.html
Friday evening Jan 27, 7-9 PM
Saturday, January 28, 9 AM - 9 PM
Sunday, January 29th, 9 AM - 4 PM
In appreciation for Kim's teaching, and in the tradition of dana, donations are gratefully received. Cheques or cash are accepted. Because Kim is from the U.S., if you prefer to give your dana in USD we can give this directly to Kim. There is no option for credit or debit cards.