Donate  |   Contact

The greatest gift is the
gift of the teachings
Retreat Dharma Talks

Heart of Awareness

This retreat is an opportunity to practice a way of being that embraces the fullness and aliveness of the present moment. Supported by mindfulness and the depth of silence, inwardly and outwardly, we will explore together a spontaneous, wise and open-hearted relationship with the moment-to-moment changing flow of life’s experience. Awareness practice can also reveal layers of physical and emotional tension and pain. As we open to the truth of our experience, we can cultivate a capacity for meeting and transforming suffering into a sense of deep well-being.

By paying attention in this way, we come to understand how to free ourselves from deeply held patterns and awaken to our essential goodness as well as other beautiful qualities of our heart and mind.

We will enter into a traditional retreat form within the beauty of Spirit Rock, alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation with daily instructions, dharma talks and discussion in both large and small groups. There will also be an open period in the afternoon that will allow you to find your own rhythm in the practice.

This retreat is suitable for new and experienced students alike. All are welcome.

2019-01-27 (6 days) Spirit Rock Meditation Center

2019-01-28 Attention of the Heart (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 57:27
Sharda Rogell
In itself, consciousness is pure, but it gets covered over with difficult patterns that bring about suffering. When these patterns are seen and released, a sense of well-being and clarity ensues. Three attitudes to bring to our practice that can hep us along the path.
2019-01-30 Day 3: Turning the Mind to the Dharma (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 60:40
Sharda Rogell
When the small ego self begins to let go of it's self-centered position, the mind turns to the Dharma and sees the three characteristics of existence - impermanence, unsatisfactoriness and selflessness.
Creative Commons License