Hope & Fearlessness
Much of what we see and hear on the news and social media is all about doom and gloom. How does one rise above the mundane world to find meaning in today's world? One method for finding hope and growing fearlessness to take us into new territory is to develop the 4 enlightened activities in every day life. A second method is through systematically challenging the ego to take it outside of its normal comfort zone. Following the steps laid out by Sensei Doug Duncan in his book, Dharma If You Dare, these challenges help you transcend your ego's need for security and comfort and open up new possibilities for you.
Persons attending this retreat will attend classes inviting them to explore these 2 methods, both on and off the cushion throughout the weekend. Through meditation practice and personalized activities, participants will explore where they get stuck in everyday life and how to apply an attitude of fearlessness to these struggles.
Linda Hochstetler been studying and practicing a variety of meditation practices (mindfulness, Zen, and Vajrayana Buddhism) for more than 30 years. She is a meditation teacher in the lineage of Namgyal Rinpoche, and considers Senseis Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat her primary gurus. She follows their tradition of encouraging exploration of everyday life beyond the spiritual realms, particularly while living in the city. She has completed many silent meditation retreats, including a 2-month silent retreat in 2009. She weaves together her personal meditation experiences, her professional background as a palliative care social worker, her years as a mother and step-mother, and her passion for awakening in this life time into each of her classes, and invites you to join her in your own explorations.
When: Friday, March 16 to Sunday, March 18th
The retreat begins on Friday evening at 7:30 pm with an opening circle after a light dinner and orientation at 6:00 pm.
Rates include single accommodation and all meals. They do not include instructor fees. Linda is sharing her experience within the traditional Buddhist understanding of Dana. To understand more about Dana, please read the following:
What is Dana?
Teachers give the teachings of awakening (Dharma) freely so that anyone, no matter their financial means can attend classes. Each time one receives teachings, it is an opportunity to consciously practice generosity. Giving money and other means of support expresses gratitude and support to the teacher and helps to ensure that these teachings continue. Each person receiving Dharma teachings determines the kind and amount of Dāna according to one’s heart and one’s financial means. When deciding how much to offer, one should think about what these teachings mean to you and try to give accordingly. It is recommended that students make an offering of dāna at the beginning of a class or retreat to establish the intention to make the most of this opportunity for one’s own progression and for the benefit of all others.
If you are paying regular rates a 50% deposit of:
Non-members: $110.00 is necessary to hold your space upon registration.
Members: $95.00 is necessary to hold your space upon registration.
Full payment is due 10 days prior to the course, April 10, 2018.
Refund 7 days before the commencement of the course 75% with 25% going towards a future course within 2018.
Refund 2 days before the commencement of the course 50% with 35% going towards a future course within 2018.