UPCOMING RETREATS

Social distancing forces us to adapt and alter how we stay connected, maintain our practice, and support each other. Rising to this challenge, Insight Meditation of Ventura is moving our Monday evening sangha meetings to the Zoom virtual platform, beginning Monday, March 30. Below is the meeting information and the sign in link.

We suggest creating a free Zoom account and exploring the site for ten to fifteen minutes prior to our meeting to become familiar with how Zoom works. Please sign in five minutes before the start time on Monday so we can begin promptly. David Kerrigan has volunteered to host this venue. I am grateful to him for his generosity and helpfulness as well as his persistent nudge that we should move forward with this. He will be the point person if you have any questions.

Where: Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/112418464 (After you have a Zoom account, click on this link or copy and paste this link to a tab. You will be prompted to “Please click Open Zoom Meetings if you see the system dialog.” Click on Open Zoom Meeting. You will see the meeting “Insight Meditation Ventura.”)

When: Monday evenings, 7:00 p.m., beginning March 30.

Format: Guided meditation, Dhamma talk followed by discussion and sharing.

 

Tranquility 

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.