“Oh wondrous creatures, by what strange miracle do you so often not smile?” Hafiz, Sufi poet
White Heron Sangha is pleased to welcome back Buddhist meditation teacher, author, and performer Wes Nisker for a two-day non-residential retreat at our White Heron Meditation Center in Avila Village.
In recent centuries, humans have begun forging a new story about who we are in the scheme of things, and it appears that we have all been living with a case of mistaken identity. We are not the separate, individually created beings we have long thought ourselves to be – we are much, much more than that.
In these two days together, we will make creative use of classic Buddhist mindfulness meditation techniques in order to explore and embody our new identity. We will examine the evolutionary origin of our body and emotions; experience our nature as nature; practice traditional Buddhist reflections on death and dying; and all the while explore the tricky delusions of mind and the mystery of consciousness itself. In the process we will find relief from our personal dramas and gain a new sense of wonder and meaning in our lives.
The talks and discussions will include both traditional Buddhist views of self and reality, as well as some of the latest information from evolutionary biology and psychology to support and guide the meditations.
This retreat will include sitting and walking meditation periods, plenty of poetry – and a little crazy wisdom. The retreat is appropriate for all practice levels.
Wes Nisker has studied Buddhist meditation for over three decades with teachers in Asia and America. For the past 15 years he has been leading his own retreats and workshops in Buddhist insight meditation and philosophy at venues internationally. He is a senior teacher at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California, and does regular workshops at Esalen Institute and other retreat centers.
For nearly 40 years Wes has also worked in radio, winning the Billboard Magazine, Columbia School of Journalism, and San Francisco Media Alliance awards for excellence in FM radio programming. He was recently inducted into the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame.
Although his main occupation these days is teaching Buddhist mindfulness meditation, when the radio muse calls, Wes will sometimes respond with a rant or commentary for the Pacifica radio network called “The Occasional Scoop.”
His books include The Big Bang, The Buddha, and the Baby Boom (Harper SanFrancisco), Buddha’s Nature (Bantam), and Crazy Wisdom Saves the World Again! (Stonebridge Press). Wes was also the founder and co-editor of the international Buddhist journal “Inquiring Mind.”
Saturday, August 10, 2019, 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Sunday, August 11, 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, in order to reduce waste. 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 Stephanie Ricceri, firstname.lastname@example.org.
White Heron Sangha asks that all retreatants refrain from applying colognes, hairsprays or strongly scented deodorants before coming to the retreat. In addition, we will avoid air fresheners and scented or allergenic flowers in our facility. The use of such products may trigger allergic reactions and create health problems.