White Heron Sangha and the Bodhi Path Center of San Luis Obispo are pleased to co-host a non-residential weekend retreat with Karma Trinlay Rinpoche at White Heron Sangha on the Four Immeasurables (or Four Boundless Qualities). This is an opportunity to start the new year with teachings and insights from a Tibetan Buddhist master.
"Love, compassion, empathetic joy, and equanimity are the source of boundless merit and wisdom."
The Four Immeasurables are universal qualities arising from the innate nature of mind: love, compassion, empathetic joy, and equanimity. A practice shared by many Buddhist traditions, contemplation of these boundless qualities can dissolve our constricting, self-centered boundaries and expand our capacity to be of benefit through heartful attention to the well-being of others. These practices serve as antidotes for the mental afflictions (poisons) of ignorance, attraction, aversion, jealousy, and pride. They are the source of immeasurable, or boundless, merit and wisdom.
Through teaching and practice, Trinlay Rinpoche will guide us to an understanding of these qualities and to insight into our connectedness with the lives of others, the world around us and all sentient beings.
Karma Trinlay Rinpoche is a Buddhist master and scholar. Born of French and American parentage, Rinpoche is one of the first Westerners to be recognized as a Tulku (reincarnation of a Buddhist saint) by H.H. the late 16th Karmapa. Karma Trinlay Rinpoche has received all the important transmissions of Buddhism, as well as completed both traditional Buddhist and Western academic studies in the fields of philosophy and history. Fluent in English, French, and Tibetan, Rinpoche is a charismatic speaker who teaches regularly in Buddhist centers and universities in Europe, America, and Asia. Karma Trinlay Rinpoche is a genuine bridge between the East and the West, the traditional and the modern.
When: Saturday, January 4, 2020, 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Sunday, January 5, 2020, 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 and Bodhi Path 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 online by credit card 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 Sharon Rippner, 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.