4/18/2020 8:00 AM -
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This non-residential retreat will be held at a different time than normal because Narayan will be leading the retreat from the East Coast. Therefore, each day the retreat meets from 8:00 AM PDT to 3:30 PM PDT.
Special Note: Until further notice, all events at SIMS are either paused or will meet remotely via Zoom software. This event will be held via Zoom. (Times are PDT.)
The tImes for this event have been adjusted since Narayan will be on the East Coast. The Zoom link will be emailed to registrants.
Please refer to this page for the status of all meetings.
Both the Friday night talk and this weekend retreat will address the principles and practices of what are known as the Brahmaviharas, or Divine Abodes. These are four beautiful qualities of heart - metta, compassion, joy, and equanimity - which can blossom in our relationships to ourselves and others through inclining the mind on these qualities in a sustained way. In applying ourselves to this material, what begins as a fragile seed becomes a stable tree that gives cover when needed. Through understanding the principles of these practices and practicing with confidence and steadiness, these beautiful qualities within our hearts become our dwelling places where we feel most at home. There are specific instructions and practices for cultivating each of the four Brahmaviharas.
Schedule for Retreat (all times are PDT)
- 8:00: intro - guidelines - instructions - sitting
- 9:00: walking
- 9:30: sitting
- 10:00: talk/Q&A
- 10:30: pause
- 10:45: sit
- 11:30: lunch
- 12:30: break-out groups
- 12:50: sitting
- 1:30: chi gung
- 2:00: sitting
- 2:30: talk/Q&A
- 3:00: sitting
- 3::30 close
This program is appropriate for both new and experienced meditators. Our time together will include guided mediation periods, talks, and time for discussion and questions. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend both days, however, Saturday-only and Sunday-only registrations are also available.
Each day of this retreat begins at 8:00am and ends at 3:30pm.
Registration and Donation
The suggested event donation is $90 for Saturday and Sunday, or $50 for one day. Following our tradition, none of this donation will go to the teacher. Please consider offering teacher dana at the event to support their livelihood. (Dana is a term for generosity, or freely offered giving). No one is turned away for inability to offer a donation. Please use your best efforts to pay the suggested donation or another heartfelt amount. Online registration offers three donation levels.
- Suggested donation - $90 for 2 days or $50 for one day.
- Benefactor donation - $120 for 2 days or $60 for one day, for those who have the means to make a larger donation to support someone who needs to pay less.
- Supported donation - $60 for 2 days or $30 for one day, for those who need to pay less than the suggested donation amount.
Attendees of Non-Residential Retreats who need to offer less than the suggested donation may register selecting: "Register in person or at the door" and make a donation to SIMS through our donate page. People who are able to pay more than the suggested donation, and would like to support those who need to pay less, may choose the online Benefactor level or make a donation at the door. The suggested dana is based on what is needed financially to offer this programming. SIMS is committed to providing a spiritual refuge where everyone feels welcome, and to making the dharma accessible to all who seek it. We rely on the generosity of retreat participants to sustain these programs.
There are two registration options:
- Online: Make your event payment using a credit or debit card. This option is available if you are paying the Suggested, Benefactor or Supported donation amount. (Online registration closes 24 hours prior to the event.)
- In-person at the event: Make your payment by cash or check at the door on the day of the event.
SIMS is an all volunteer Sangha. There is no paid staff managing retreats. This retreat is possible only with volunteers' dana/generosity of service during the event. Please consider volunteering during this weekend retreat. Our volunteer coordinator will contact you with more details. We appreciate your generosity in action. Thank you.
If you have a question for the teacher or about this event, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.