White Heron Sangha

Emptiness: A Practical Introduction for Meditators - Weekend Retreat with Guy Armstrong

  • 04 May 2019
  • 9:30 AM
  • 05 May 2019
  • 3:30 PM
  • White Heron Sangha Meditation Center, 6615 Bay Laurel Pl, Avila Beach
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  • The retreat fee covers both days but does not include a payment to the teacher. The teachings are given on a donation basis only. Please be generous with your offering to the teacher. Details for the teacher donation will be provided at the retreat.
  • * The retreat price is $50, but if you can't afford the full retreat fee, please pay what you can, either by mail or at the door.
  • Help with retreat tasks before, during, or after retreat in lieu of fee. Contact Carole Maurer, cmaurer@jdcm.us

White Heron Sangha welcomes you to a two-day non-residential retreat at our White Heron Meditation Center in Avila Village with Guy Armstrong, an insight meditation teacher and author.

Understanding emptiness unlocks the doors to the deepest, most liberating insights that meditation has to offer.

Emptiness has been a key theme in Buddhist practice and theory since the earliest teachings of the Buddha himself. Understanding emptiness unlocks the doors to the deepest, most liberating insights that meditation has to offer. However, due to its subtlety and profound implications, emptiness has not been well-understood in the West so far.

In this weekend retreat we will explore both the conceptual foundations and experiential approaches to the realization of emptiness in four main areas: self, phenomena, awareness, and compassion. Through talks, discussions, and guided meditations, participants will learn how to deconstruct a sense of fixed identity and reduce clinging to phenomena that are inherently transient. The spacious awareness that we discover in this process turns out to be the source of a boundless compassion that encompasses ourselves and all sentient beings.

This weekend will be largely based on Guy’s book Emptiness: A Practical Guide for Meditators. It will be helpful, but not necessary, for participants to have read the book before coming to the retreat.  

The weekend will be evenly divided between talks, discussions, and meditations. The retreat is appropriate for all levels of practice. 

Guy Armstrong has practiced insight meditation for over 40 years, including training as a Buddhist monk in Thailand with Ajahn Buddhadasa. Guy began teaching in 1984 and has led retreats worldwide. He has taught long retreats at both the Insight Meditation Society and Spirit Rock for the last twenty years. Guy is a member of the Spirit Rock Teachers Council, a Guiding Teacher of the Insight Meditation Society, and author of Emptiness: A Practical Guide for Meditators.

Saturday, May 4, 2019, 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Sunday, May 5, 2019, 9:30AM - 3:30PM

Where: Our meditation center is in Avila Village, behind the Woodstone Marketplace, near the Bob Jones Trail: 
White Heron Sangha Meditation Center, 6615 Bay Laurel Pl, Avila Beach, CA 93424 (map and pictures). Parking is alongside the buildings with overflow parking behind Blue Heron Realty. Do not park in front of Woodstone Marketplace! See the arrows for parking in the bottom photo. Our building is circled.

$50, ($25 for young adults) for both days, which covers the expenses of the Sangha in putting on the event, but does not include a payment to the teacher.

Plan on attending both days in order to appreciate fully the teachings. Arrangements can be made if the fee is excessive for you. 

The teachings are offered freely. The retreat fee covers retreat expenses; none of the retreat fee goes to the teacher. Details on how to donate to the teacher (cash or check only) and to support the White Heron Sangha will be provided at the retreat. We try to keep our retreat fees at a minimum so that you can be truly generous with your donation to the teacher. 

You must register online. Payment can be made through PayPal online, including by credit card, or you can send a check to White Heron Sangha, PO Box 870, Morro Bay, CA 93443. Pre-registration and payment are required, as space is limited for this retreat. Registration fee will be refunded in full if notice of cancellation is received at least one week prior to retreat.  

More information about White Heron Sangha retreats

Bring your lunch and a cup, if possible. Tea and light snacks will be provided. Chairs and meditation cushions will be available. You might want to bring a shawl and extra cushions, if you use them. No dogs are allowed in the building except for service dogs. For questions, contact Carole Maurer, cmaurer@jdcm.us

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