Being the calm in the middle of a storm 

Date: November 2, 2019 

Teacher:  Susan Pembroke 

Location: The Bonaventura Clubhouse, Ventura, CA 

Time:  9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Buddhism has many lists. The seven factors of enlightenment make up one of the most significant groupings. Tranquility is found here and is positioned before concentration and equanimity. What the placement on this list establishes is how essential tranquility is in developing wisdom and freeing the mind. Because tranquility plays a pivotal role in liberating the mind, instruction on how to generate and sustain a relaxed, calm state is important.  

This retreat will focus on becoming adept in tranquility. We will begin by recognizing whether we are tranquil. If we are not, we will train in creating a calm mind and become proficient in maintaining this relaxed, open awareness whether in formal meditation or going about our busy lives. Exercises and suggestions will be given to assist in cultivating a still, cool mind. With observation and investigation, we will see for ourselves that tranquility is a lovely home for the mind and is the ideal field for the other awakening mental activities to flourish at their maximum potential.  

General information: Please arrive by 8:45. We will begin meditating promptly at 9:00. This is a silent retreat. There will be periods of sitting and walking, guided meditation, and journaling. Please bring a journal or tablet and a pen as well as a brown bag lunch, any snacks you may need, a small cooler if necessary, a water thermos, and any cushions or zafu you prefer for meditation. Chairs will be provided. All levels are welcome. 

To register: Please contact  Patricia  to register. 

Insight Meditation of Ventura is generously sponsoring the retreat. 

Dana to the teacher is appreciated and is a way of contributing to turning the wheel of the Dhamma for current and future generations.