Breathing Zen, Practicing Joy: A Meditation Retreat for GBQT Men
This restful, playful and profound meditation retreat will give you a foundation in sitting and walking meditation as practiced in the Zen Buddhist tradition, integrated with a wholehearted and embodied exploration of being fully human through powerful conscious breathing, movement practices, dance, deep sensing exercises, chanting, and heart circles. Conscious breathing, the cornerstone of spiritual practices around the world, will show us how to relax habitual patterns in the mind and body, soften our rigid sense of self, perceive the subtle fields of living energy and interdependent relationship that we arise from, and touch the truth of our own awakened nature. Every afternoon will offer free time to unwind and build friendships that can last a lifetime.
Immerse yourself fully in this tech-free retreat at Bodhi Manda, a Rinzai Zen meditation retreat center. We’ll come together for 5 days to remove all digital distractions and learn zazen (sitting meditation), kinhin (walking meditation), and samu (work meditation).
The Retreat Program includes devotional singing, guest speakers, Sai Spiritual Education for children, service to the Bodhi community, a short period of silence each day, Meditation opportunities, and uplifting Satsang.
In this 7 day Vipassana Retreat Aparna will share the teachings of 'The Heart Sutra', possibly the best known text of Mahayana Buddhism, and said to be the pure distillation of wisdom
(prajna). Penetrate the true meaning of the Heart Sutra, says Karl Brunnhölzl, and nothing will be the same again.
Join us on Saturday, April 14, 2018 starting at 10:30am for Hanamatsuri, a Buddhist ceremony honoring Shakyamuni Buddha’s birthday and his teachings on limitless compassion and unconditional loving-kindness towards all beings.