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Schedule of upcoming teaching dates:

For info on all of the weekly classes at Against The Stream Buddhist Meditation Society in Los Angeles and San Francisco

please go to

www.againstthestream.org
*Dec 20th 2014
Spirit Rock
Refuge Recovery: A Buddhist Path to Recovering from Addiction
Noah Levine
Saturday, December 20, 9:30am - 5:00pm
Community Meditation Hall


We will also be offering a LIVE VIDEO STREAM of this event. To register to attend the event online, visit this link.

The Buddhist path to treating addiction is one of developing wisdom and compassion through meditation, renunciation and wise actions such as service, amends, forgiveness and generosity. Buddhism offers a non-thiestic spiritual path, perfect for the discerning Agnostic/Atheist addict. Refuge Recovery is a program that can be worked in conjunction with or as an alternative to twelve steps.

https://www.spiritrock.org/calendarDetails?EventID=3817

***2015***


*Jan 4-9
Esalen Inst. Big Sur CA
Taking Refuge: Committing to the Practices and Principles of Awakening

We are always taking refuge in something, and for most this means seeking safety and happiness in material things and sensual pleasures. Of course, we are always disappointed in the material or sensual promises because they never actually provide the inner satisfaction we were hoping for. Those of us who have seen the truth that our happiness will never come from outside ourselves begin to seek a reliable internal refuge, a way of practice and lifestyle that supports being wise and compassionate. In Buddhism this is called “taking refuge” in our own potential for awakening (Buddha), in the path that leads to awakening (dharma) and in the community that supports us on the path (sangha).

In this retreat, participants will be taught the core teachings of the Buddha’s Four Noble Truths, will be guided in meditation practices, and will have the opportunity to formally commit or recommit to the path of Awakening.
Dave Smith, a Buddhist meditation teacher and addiction treatment specialist, will join Noah as a special guest presenter.

http://www.esalen.org/workshop/week-january-4-9/taking-refuge-committing-practices-and-principles-awakening

Contact us toll-free in the US: 1-888-8-ESALEN (888-837-2536). International callers may call our international toll free line: 703-342-0500.

*Jan 9-11th
Esalen Inst. Big Sur CA
The 5Rhythms® and 4 Foundations of Mindfulness

n this weekend of meditation and dance, will we integrate the stillness of Buddhist mindfulness meditation with the moving meditations of the 5Rhythms. The Buddha encouraged us to bring wise attention to every aspect of our lives. In sitting meditation, we have the opportunity to observe the mind and body at rest through silent introspection. In the practice of the 5Rhythms, we engage in mindfulness while in motion. The 5Rhythms is a map that teaches how energy moves. The two polarities of moving and sitting meditation together mirror the dance of life. In this journey we are always moving between these two spectrums. If one learns to not cling or avoid, one can hold the place of the silent witness and be with all that life offers.

Noah encourages meditation students to practice mindful dancing in order to bring balance and insight into their lives. Lucia invites dancers to engage in sitting meditation in order to embody integration, balance, and insight. Join them for the groundbreaking union of these two deep and wise practices.

http://www.esalen.org/workshop/weekend-january-9-11/5rhythms®-and-4-foundations-mindfulness%C2%A0

Contact us toll-free in the US: 1-888-8-ESALEN (888-837-2536). International callers may call our international toll free line: 703-342-0500.


*March 27 - 29 Breitenbush
Taking Refuge:
Committing to Practices & Principles of Awakening

We are always taking refuge in something, for most it is seeking safety and happiness in material things and sensual pleasures. Those of us who have seen that our happiness will never come from outside begin to seek a reliable internal refuge, a way of practice and lifestyle that supports being wise and compassionate. In Buddhism this is called taking refuge in our own potential for awakening, the path that leads to awakening and the community that supports us on the path. In this retreat, participants learn the core teachings of the Buddha’s Four Noble Truths, are guided in meditation practices and will have opportunity to formally commit or recommit to the path of Awakening.

Suitable for beginning and long-term practitioners.

https://www.breitenbush.com/events/mar27-29.html

Breitenbush 503.854.3320


*March 31- April 3
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
Noah Levine, Mark Coleman

Have you ever been curious about Insight Meditation? This silent retreat will teach the essentials of this practice and offer key Buddhist teachings. We will explore ways to awaken our mind and heart so that we can learn to live a life of wisdom, compassion, inner peace and freedom.

The retreat will combine sitting and walking meditations, dharma talks and opportunities to meet with a teacher. An excellent opportunity for those new to retreat practice, and also ideal for experienced practitioners who wish to do a short retreat.

https://www.spiritrock.org/calendarDetails?EventID=3979

***Against the Stream
Retreats***

May 22-25, – Memorial Day Retreat at Joshua Tree California. Opens for registration on January 1.

Aug 2-9 – Retreat at Earthdance Center, Plainfield, MA. Opens for registration March 1.

Oct 5-11 – Fall Retreat at Joshua Tree. Opens for registration June 1

www.againsthestream.org


*July 5-12th
Tara Mandala
Pagosa Springs Colorado
with Lama Tsultrim Allione and Noah Levine
Refuge Recovery and Feeding your Demons Retreat.

taramandala.org











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