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Acknowledging the Spiritual Bypass

Mindy Newman

In this retreat, mental health counselor and meditation teacher Mindy Newman will identify the places in our practice where we might inadvertently succumb to what is commonly referred to as “spiritual bypassing.”

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Making the Shadow Your Teacher

Dr. Jay Michaelson

The modern rendering of Buddhism’s first noble truth might be “shit happens.” But our struggles can be fertilizer for our spiritual practice instead of waste. Writer, scholar, and meditation teacher Jay Michaelson, Ph.D., will speak about four ways that embracing life’s “shit”—difficult emotions in particular—can open us up to the fullness of our experience.

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Zen and the Work of Everyday Life

Rev. Masaki Matsubara

How can we live meaningful, purposeful, and ethical lives in a world where injustice seems to multiply by the day? A 16th-generation Zen priest in the Rinzai lineage, Reverend Masaki Matsubara, Ph.D., will introduce ways to bring dignity into our own lives and the lives of others as he explores Zen Buddhism’s model for ethical engagement.

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Mindfulness of the Body

Ralph Steele

It seems obvious: we would not be able to practice without our body. And yet we often take the body for granted, viewing it as little more than a source of suffering rather than the precious opportunity for cultivation that it is. In this series, meditation teacher Ralph Steele renews our appreciation for the body by delving into embodied mindfulness, concentration, and insight practices from the Theravada Buddhist tradition.

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Freeing the Mind When the Body Hurts

Vidyamala Burch

The human body is fragile; in our lives, pain and illness are inevitable. This month, join mindfulness teacher Vidyamala Burch who has lived with severe chronic spinal pain for 40 years following injuries resulting in partial paraplegia in her teens. Drawing on central Buddhist texts, Vidyamala will uncover the key to the Buddha’s mental freedom and provide pointers for living with ease.

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Quick Sand: The Kalachakra Mandala

Watch as a group of dedicated Tibetan Buddhist monks at Namgyal monastery in upstate New York work day and night to build an elaborate Kalachakra [“wheel of time”] sand mandala, only to dismantle it as part of the final ceremonial offering.

Directed by Jacob Wise

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