White Heron Sangha

Winter 2019-20

Retreat Time Before, During and After “The Holidays”!

by Sharon Rippner

Feeling a little rushed and noticing a bit of stress creeping into your life? Sure enough, we have just entered the “Holiday Season” and soon we will be welcoming in the New Year, ready or not!

To counter the increase in craving, aversion and delusion often present in the next few weeks, the Retreat Committee is offering two “book end” retreats. Both retreats will be on the Brahma-viharas, aka the Four Immeasurables. These retreats, while both focused on the teachings of Loving Kindness, Compassion, Empathetic Joy and Equanimity, will be presented from different Buddhist traditions. This will provide a great opportunity for experiencing and appreciating these foundational teachings from different perspectives. 

On December 7-8, 2019, we will sit with Pawan Bareja, as she presents these teachings from the Theravada (Vipassana) tradition. A month later, on January 4-5, 2020, Bodhi Path and White Heron Sangha will co-host Karma Trinley Rinpoche, a Tibetan Master and scholar, as he presents these same teachings. Registration will open soon.

Sandwiched in between these two-day retreats, we have a 1/2 day mini-retreat on Sunday, December 22, with Zen monk/teacher Mujin Sunim. She will present a program on “The Good Heart” in the afternoon (no registration required) and then be with us for the evening program as well. What a beautiful way to celebrate the Winter Solstice! 

And, then, on January 25-26, 2020, Spirit Rock teacher Oren Sofer will return for a weekend retreat.

Happy Holidays from the Retreat Committee!

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