Schedule of upcoming teaching dates:
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*March 27 - 29 Breitenbush
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.
*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.
***Against the Stream
May 22-25, – Memorial Day Retreat at Joshua Tree California. Opens for registration on January 1.
Pagosa Springs Colorado
with Lama Tsultrim Allione and Noah Levine
Refuge Recovery and Feeding your Demons Retreat.
Aug 2-9 – Retreat at Earthdance Center,
with Noah Levine, Josh Korda and others
Plainfield, MA. Opens for registration March 1.
Oct 5-11 – with Noah Levine and Vinny Ferraro and others
Fall Retreat at Joshua Tree. Opens for registration June 1
September 18–20, 2015 Friday–Sunday
Taking Refuge: Breaking the Addiction to the Mind
Noah Levine is a Buddhist teacher, author, and counselor. His books include Dharma Punx, Against the Stream, and The Heart of the Revolution: The Buddha’s Teachings on Kindness, Compassion, and Forgiveness.
Buddhism is a path to freedom from suffering that originates in the addictive quality of the mind and our habitual tendency to grasp at pleasure and push away pain. All addictions stem from these roots.
The Buddhist path offers a spiritual and psychological process of transformation that has proven to be an effective treatment for our human addiction to thinking and the suffering created with the mind. Buddhist meditation is one of the most potent tools available for recovering our original wholeness, or Buddha nature.
Take this opportunity to learn and practice different forms of Buddhist meditation, oriented toward breaking free of habitual reactive patterns. People in Twelve-Step recovery programs and those who resist the Twelve-Step approach are especially welcome. Come find a secure inner refuge from addiction and the suffering it causes.
Note Student discounts and scholarships are available for this program. Please call Registrations at 800.741.7353 for more information.