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The Convergence of Insight and Love

Wisdom practices are commonly distinguished from practices of love and compassion. However, Buddhist psychology suggests a powerful connection between awareness and love. In Insight Meditation, we practice resting, looking deeply, knowing moment-by-moment what it’s like to be human. Some of us are hesitant to look because we’re concerned about what we’ll find. But our practice shows us that the more deeply we look into experience, the more reason we have to love.

As attention stabilizes, we begin to sense the poignancy of our wish to be happy. Seeing this, we care about our struggles and cherish our joy in a new way. In turn, this love informs how we engage with the world.

This retreat will offer instructions in mindfulness meditation, as well as in lovingkindness practice. Throughout the retreat there are Dharma talks and meetings with teachers to support you in your practice. All are welcome.

This retreat is silent except for teacher-led Q&A, small groups, or other practice meetings.

2023-03-28 (5 days) Spirit Rock Meditation Center

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