A Non-Residential Retreat
With MATTHEW BRENSILVER
Like a tapestry is composed of thread, our suffering is composed of clinging. We cling to views and conventions, to sense pleasure and to the sense of self. Ultimately, the strategies of clinging are attempts to create happiness and safety. But we can’t hold a river in our hands—the world will not stay still. In letting go, we are not released into a turbulent and destabilizing world but instead into a heart full of confidence and a mind full of peace. When we practice mindfulness, we practice letting go.
This weekend retreat will be an exploration of how we cling and what it means to let go. There will be time for dharma talks, meditation practice, and group engagement. All are welcome.
The retreat will be held at the Durango Dharma Center, beginning Friday, September 22, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and running Saturday, September 23 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, September 24, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hour-long lunch breaks are at noon both days.
COST: Cost for the retreat is on a sliding scale of $100-$200, with a $20 discount if paid before August 22. Financial assistance is available by contacting Ginger St. Ours, email@example.com, (970) 946-1025.
Registration fees support the Durango Dharma Center. This retreat is offered by the teacher on the basis of dana, a practice of mutual generosity that has been alive since the time of the Buddha. Those offering the teachings rely on the generosity and donations of retreat participants for a sustainable income to support their valuable work in this world. At the end of the retreat there will be an opportunity to make a donation to the teacher.
REGISTER: Register online here or by contacting Ginger St. Ours, firstname.lastname@example.org, (970) 946-1025. Please mail check payable to the Durango Dharma Center and send to Ginger at 611 CR234, Durango, CO 81301. For questions or further information, contact Liz Cosgrove, email@example.com or (970) 749-2030.
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ABOUT THE TEACHER: Matthew Brensilver, PhD, served as a Buddhist chaplain at University of Southern California for four years and teaches about the intersection of mindfulness and mental health at UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center. He also serves as the program director at Mindful Schools. Matthew was trained by Noah Levine and teaches at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society. He completed the Spirit Rock/IMS teacher training program and offers retreats at Spirit Rock and the Insight Retreat Center. He spent years doing research on addiction treatment at the UCLA Center for Behavioral and Addiction Medicine and continues to be interested in the unfolding dialogue between dharma and science.