Wisdom of Love - a Half-Day Retreat with Howie Cohn
Saturday, July 20th, 9:00am - 1:00pm
SF Dharma Collective, 2701 Folsom St, San Francisco
Come celebrate Mission Dharma's Summer of Love. This half-day retreat is an opportunity to direct our scattered and reactive hearts towards befriending all beings, including ourselves. Feel the freedom of widening our circle affection using the practice of Lovingkindness (Metta). Let's clear our minds and open our hearts.
Our day will unfold with periods of sitting and walking meditation and time for question and answers. Suitable for new and experienced meditators.
It is helpful to register in advance on Eventbrite, though you may also just show up the morning of the event. Sliding scale: $35-$70, though no on will ever be turned away for inability to pay.
Exploring the Diving Abodes with Mary Davis and Fresh! "Lev" White
Tuesdays in July at 6:30-8:30 at the SF Dharma Collective, 2701 Folsom St, San Francisco
During this class series, we’ll explore the Brahma Viharas, or Divine Abodes – four practices that open and support healing the heart.
In the Buddhist teachings, these four practices – loving-kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity – are considered the highest qualities of heart and emotional well-being.
During our time together, we’ll not only begin to sense into these qualities of heart, but practice abiding and dwelling in them as well with ourselves and as a community. Over time, these practices can become our true home, and go to as we manage and live with the stresses of today. Each class will include a guided mediation, a dharma talk, and a chance to discuss and experience these qualities for ourselves.
This class is designed to be taken as a series to encourage continuity of practice and also as an opportunity to create a supportive community. We will meet on Tuesdays, July 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, from 6:30pm - 8:30pm.
Mary Davis: Mary fell in love with meditation over twenty years ago and has practiced and studied in Tibetan traditions before coming to Insight Meditation.. She is the leader of Insight Richmond, a weekly sangha in her hometown of Richmond. In addition, she graduated from Spirit Rock's Community Dharma Leader program 2017, and has taught beginning meditation classes at Mission Dharma. She is also serving as the President of the Board of Mission Dharma. Mary has taken the lead in bringing mindfulness classes and sitting groups for staff and physicians at Kaiser San Francisco, where she works as an administrative manager.
Fresh! "Lev" White: A lover of life and all beings, Lev lives to reflect love and self-acceptance to his diverse global community through his writing, Dharma teachings, mindfulness offerings, professional coaching, spiritual counseling, and Transgender Ally Diversity Training. A graduate of Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leadership Program, Lev offers Dharma at the East Bay Meditation Center (EBMC), Against the Stream, in Alameda, Napa and other places by invitation. Lev has been practicing meditation and chanting on and off since the 80s and has been practicing and training as an active member in EBMC’s sangha since 2009. He also offers services as an officiant.
Lev is co-author of Real World Mindfulness for Beginners, edited by Brenda Salgaldo and, Trans Bodies; Trans Selves, edited by Laura Erickson-Schroth. Both books can be found at Powells.com.