Spring 2020 Home Retreat, Wed-Sun April 1-5
The world as we know it has been turned upside down. We are sheltering in place, trying to figure out how to ride out the Coronavirus emergency. This is a beautiful time to pause, to restore our strength, release into our tenderness, and renew our skills for practice in daily life. This is a moment for home retreat.
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A note as we meet the unfolding Coronavirus crisis
This month at Satsang (March-April 2020)
We’ve been talking for a few weeks now at Satsang about right livelihood, the fifth limb in the Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path. We were just getting into the implications of this limb of practice, expanding our lens outward from the basic ethics of how we earn our living and then how we spend that living.
We’re talking about the flow of resources, about their origin, their movement around the world, and how humans make choices (saṅkhāra) at every moment in that process. Choices are always either skillful or unskillful (or a mix of the two, of course), and so the entire web of interconnectedness can be seen as bonded by ethical responsibility. We are all accountable to each other, all the time. We might call the realization of this accountability, and the dedication to liberation that comes with it, bodhicitta — the awakening mind.
This moment’s manifestation of interconnection — a global pandemic —is shot through with unskillful human choices, born of greed, hatred, and delusion. The foundations of the global economy are implicated, and so in a strange way, our topic was right on time. The virus is a manifestation of wrong livelihood, globally! And of course in more individual ways, this moment is a livelihood problem, as many of us find our livelihoods threatened or diminished by the crisis. We’ll keep talking about all of this as we meet virtually, as we have been doing.
Satsang is now online for the immediate future, on the Zoom platform so that we can interact. The most up-to-date info on events, and all links, can be found in the Facebook Group: In It To End It. Join us in this “virtual saṅgha” for study, discussion, and spiritual community.
Insight Meditation Satsang
We begin with chanting a short Refuge & Precepts pūjā from the Theravāda Buddhist tradition, followed by 30 minutes of meditation, part guided and part silent. After a break, there’s a talk and discussion on an aspect of Buddhist practice. Beginners are welcome anytime, and the group is offered fully on donation, in the beautiful and ancient practice of Gift Economy.
Most Recent Talks
Meditation with instructions based in the Insight Meditation tradition and its sources in Thai and Burmese Theravāda Buddhism, as well as chanting, text study, and discussion. The focus of the group is on deepening in both traditional Buddhist practice as understood in the Theravāda traditions, and exploring the links between individual & systemic liberation in the form of social justice and collective healing practice.
Our FB Group, called “In It To End It,” is a “place” for communal study and discussion of Buddhist ideas, focusing at least as we begin on my areas: the Pāli Canon of the Theravāda lineage, the Prajñāpāramitā vision that is the heartwood of the Mahāyāna, and the profound and liberating social inquiry of deconstruction.
I’m starting with a series of free videos for advanced beginners who want to dive into the beauty and richness of the Buddha’s discourses. This will be a space for inquiry and study together; ideally a virtual saṅgha.
Home Yoga & Meditation Retreat
Wed-Sun, April 1-5, 2020