Cultivating Your Heart Wish through the Four Natural
Touchstones of Spiritual Power
jean esther and trellis stepter
Saturday, November 14; 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, November 15; 9:30am – 12:30pm (1:30 if in person)
Suggested contribution: $40-100 registration + teacher donation
Just as a bird needs two wings to fly, so too does our practice in Buddhism need the two wings of wisdom and compassion to take flight. In this day and a half post-election retreat jean and trellis invite you to join them in the exploration of bringing the love of our heart to the power of our practice and vice versa. During this retreat we will have an opportunity to rest and turn toward our experience to touch into the essence of the practice - wisdom and compassion.
In the Samyutta Nikaya, the Buddha says, "Those who have undertaken the 4 bases for spiritual power have undertaken the noble path leading to the destruction of suffering." Iddhipada (Pali for base of spiritual power) refers to 1) Interest/Aspiration, 2) Effort/Will/Energy, 3) Conscous-ness of Mind, and 4) Investigation/Discrimination.
Through dialogue, meditation, movement, music and reflection, we will have an opportunity in community to rediscover what calls us to the practice. We will look at these four facets in our practice as touchstones to cultivate, refer to, and rely upon for a Heart/Mind that inclines towards the letting go of all suffering for oneself and for all beings.
If we have the good fortune to meet in person, we will end our weekend with a lunch together and an opportunity to share casually in conversation, music and song. Otherwise, we will have a shared closing circle on Zoom.
*In keeping with the Buddhist tradition of dana (generosity), the suggested registration amounts for our classes and retreats (other than Wednesday night dharma talks) do not include any payment for the teacher. The teachers are paid entirely out of the students' generosity. Please consider giving a donation to the teacher in order to support their ability to continue to share the dharma. You may give a donation at the time of registration and give later donations through our teacher dana link. Everyone is welcome to all of our events regardless of ability to donate.
You can give online or send checks to InsightPV, 116 Pleasant Street, Suite 242, Easthampton, MA 01027. FYI: we check for mail once per week.