meditation retreats

Dori’s Zoom Meditation Retreats

Dear Friends,
The Insight Meditation of the Mid-Columbia (IMMC) invites you to attend

Zoom Meditation Retreat with Dori Langevin
Seeing the Goodness ~ Gladdening the Heart-Mind 2022
*Friday, July 22   7:30 – 9:00 pm PT (talk & meditation) and/or
Saturday, July 23, 2022   9:00 am – 3:30 pm US Pacific Time

When we choose to gather with others for retreat we are taking refuge in Sangha, the community that lives in harmony and awareness. Upon arriving we engage in the two-fold gift of offering our presence to others and being held in the presence others. And we co-create a relational field in which we can nourish our individual and collective awakening heart-mind taking refuge in Buddha, the potential for awakening in this life. We also take refuge in the Dharma, the way of understanding and love. How fortunate we are!

In our time together, we will practice Seeing the Goodness and Gladdening the Heart-Mind to foster a spacious and grounded “inner atmosphere” for receiving whatever guests arrive in formal meditation and in daily life with wisdom and kindness. Together we will attune to the Wise Effort teachings that prepare us to: Wake up wholesome mindstates when they are not arising in the mind. Keep wholesome mindstates alive in the mind once they have already risen.

The daylong retreat will include dharmettes and a blend of stationary and movement meditation with instruction, and will be suitable for beginners and experienced meditators.

To register for the daylong retreat, please send an email to Chris Murray at [email protected]  Registration is $10. Please use our online donation form to pay the retreat fee and leave a comment indicating that the donation is for the retreat on July 23. The fee will be waived for those who can’t afford it. Those who are registered for the retreat will receive an email a day or two before the retreat with the Zoom link for the retreat and information about offering dana for the teachings.

*On Friday, July 22, from 7:30 – 9:00 pm PT you are also invited to join us a talk and meditation on the same theme regardless if you are able to attend the daylong. No registration needed for that, you will be able to find the Zoom link for that event in the IMMC newsletter, on the IMMC website, or you can send an email to [email protected] requesting the link.

Please let me know if you have any questions or comments about the retreat theme. I look forward to seeing whoever is able to attend one or both events. I am deeply grateful to Chris and IMMC for hosting this opportunity for deepening our innate capacity to respond with a wise heart (to the best of our ability moment-to-moment).

With Peace, Joy and Active Hope,

The Blessings of Equanimity 2021:
Body like a Mountain, Breath like a Breeze, Mind like the Sky
with Dori Langevin and Angela Sullivan (mindful movement)
Sat October 23 ~ 9:30 am to 4:00pm & Sun October 24 ~ 9:30am to 4:00 pm PST

Equanimity is woven throughout the Buddhadharma and has multiple interdependent expressions: As balance in the midst of the eight worldly vicissitudes of gain and loss, praise and blame, fame and disrepute, pleasure and pain. As boundless unconditional friendliness, compassion and sympathetic joy toward all beings. As realizing and living from the wisdom of non-preferential awareness and letting go…to name a few.

There was conflict in the Buddha’s time, there is conflict now. How can we dance externally with conflict in our families, our neighborhoods, our places of study or work paid or volunteer…to name a few? How can we dance internally with grief, fear, anger, confusion, greed as impermanent states of body, heart and mind? How can we see the good,true and beautiful alongside what is wrong and what is missing? How can we not, if we want to find peace in our hearts enough to bring peacefulness into our relationships and the world?

The Buddha taught: Do no harm ~~ Act for the good ~~ Purify the mind

When cultivated, the wholesome mindstate of equanimity will naturally flow into our words and actions as we learn to dance with the 10,000 joys and 10,000 sorrows of life.
You might pause right now and contemplate “What is my North Star?”  “What do I truly value?”  “What matters most within me and around me?”

Together we will take refuge in mindful loving awareness with moment-to-moment experience within the landscapes of the body, heart and mind in both stillness and movement. We will take refuge in our temporary sangha that includes both people we know and people we do not know (yet), people geographically near and far through the miracle of technology and cyberspace and the devotion of Dharma Zephyr volunteers. We will also take refuge in our awakening Golden-Buddha Nature, our intrinsic goodness.

If these words give rise to a “Yes” in you, we’ll see you in October – let’s bring the blessing of “a heart that is ready for anything” and see what happens together!

Angela Sullivan is a member of Dharma Zephyr Insight Meditation Community and has taught yoga professionally for over 30 years.  She began training in dance at the age of 5 and has been exploring the connection between our bodies, minds, and hearts ever since.  Her joyful and simple series will energize the body, release tension, and delight the heart.

Dana (donation): Because these liberation teachings are priceless, there is no charge for this event. Dana will be gratefully accepted by the teacher and by Dharma Zephyr, giving participants the opportunity to freely engage in the practice of generosity, the first step toward freedom.

For more information and/or to register, please contact Susan Antipa [email protected]

Dori’s Spokane Daylong Retreats

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