“Just as the great ocean has one taste, the taste of salt, so also this teaching and discipline has one taste, the taste of liberation.”
Have you have experienced a taste of liberation, moments when you were not burdened with reactivity, longing or irritation?
Classical Buddhist texts list seven factors that can lead to liberation: mindfulness, investigation, energy, joy, relaxation, concentration and equanimity. These seven factors can develop in all meditation practices, but are you aware of how they show up in your practice? Are you able to integrate them into your life? If you tend to jump right back into your day after meditating, you may be missing a fruitful time to recognize them.
Being together with dharma friends on this one-day retreat, you will have the opportunity to pause and reflect after meditating. You may choose to share your reflections within a small group and in conversation with the teachers. Please bring a pen and paper to journal after your meditation sittings, if you would like.
Reflective Meditation is compatible with most forms of meditation and you may do the practice of your choice (or switch between practices). If you are new to meditation, we suggest sitting comfortably in silence, with kind attention to your bodymind as it is.
Linda Modaro, L.Ac. has been practicing and teaching meditation since the late 80’s. Initially, she also practiced Acupuncture and Herbology and taught Chi Gong. However, following a near death experience in 1998, and an encounter with Buddhist philosophy and psychology, the focus of her practice and teaching changed. She now teaches and trains meditation teachers in Buddhadharma and Reflective Meditation, an open awareness practice followed by journaling, reflection, and sharing with others. Linda is the Director and Lead Teacher of Sati Sangha.
Wendy Liepman has been practicing Recollective Awareness/Reflective Meditation since 1999. She was drawn to this gentle, open approach to meditation, introduced by Jason Siff. She has additionally trained with Linda Modaro of Sati Sangha, Nelly Kaufer of Pine Street Sangha, and Mary Webster of Spokane Vipassana. At this day-long retreat, Wendy will assist visiting teacher, Linda Modaro, with dharma talks and small group interviews, as she has done during Linda's monthly groups at Crows End. Wendy also facilitates a regular monthly sitting group on the third Saturday of the month. All Reflective Meditation events are open to the WHS and SLO communities.
Saturday, October 12, 2019, 9:30AM - 4:00PM
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.
$25, which covers the expenses of the Sangha in putting on the event, but does not include a payment to the teacher. 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.
We require that you register online and indicate whether you will be paying by credit card online or sending a check to White Heron Sangha, PO Box 870, Morro Bay, CA 93443. We will not accept payment at the door except in special circumstances. Registration fee will be refunded in full if notice of cancellation is received at least two weeks 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 Bonita Thomas at email@example.com.
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.