The Fragrance of Silence
A Half-Day Retreat with Howie Cohn
January 26, 2019, 9am - 1pm
SF Dharma Collective, 2701 Folsom Street, SF
Step out of the incessant noise of problem solving, to do lists, self-judgement and dissatisfaction into the world of being quiet. Silence is available within but often ignored. Sitting and walking together in noble silence we will reclaim the peace and ease that is our natural state.
This silent half-day retreat will consist of periods of sitting and walking meditation, as well instructions and opportunities to ask questions about the practice. It's suitable for all levels of meditation experience. This is a wonderful opportunity to get a taste of a longer practice period without leaving the City or step too far our of our busy lives.
The sliding scale registration fee is $35 to $70. Please pay the highest level that you can afford. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged, but it also is possible to register in person the morning of the event.
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Please keep in mind that while the registration covers the facilities cost, the course is offered on a dana (donation) basis, as the teacher receives no payment. You generous support is greatly appreciated.
Calming the Restless Mind
A Day-Long Retreat with Howie Cohn
Friday, March 22, 2019, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, CA
Everyone wants to be calm and peaceful. Much of our restlessness and agitation stems from an untrained mind and lack of clear perception of what’s happening in our mind and body moment-to-moment. During this day retreat, we will train our hearts and minds to find a calm abiding in the present moment. How will we accomplish this?
We will follow the Buddha’s teachings on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness — being mindful of our bodies, beginning with the sensations of breathing and expanding to include all other types of physical sensations. We will learn to feel pleasure more fully without trying to make it last and learn to accommodate inevitable unpleasant experiences without being afraid of or reactive to them. We will develop the skill of recognizing and working with our moods and emotions and learn how to relate to our thoughts more wisely rather than being so easily carried away by them.
Settling the mind into the body, while noticing and caring about the flow of experience, our hearts can settle and we can all realize that the peace and ease we are looking for in our lives is the natural peace and ease of our own nature.
Visit the Spirit Rock Meditation Center Website for Registration