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  • Daylong: The Three Tenets of Zen Peacemaking

    9:00 am - 3:00 pm, Saturday May 15, 2021
    Online - Presented by Insight Community of the Desert
    The Three Tenets: Not-Knowing, Bearing Witness and Taking Action serve as a catalyst for transformative engagement in the world.

    Description

    The Three Tenets of Zen Peacemaking were originally developed and taught by Roshi Bernie Glassman, a Dharma successor of Maezumi Roshi and pioneer of engaged Buddhism.

    At Yokoji Zen Mountain Center, we focus on the Three Tenets during our monthly Day of Reflection. The Three Tenets: Not-Knowing, Bearing Witness and Taking Action serve as a catalyst for transformative engagement in the world. The Three Tenets support our ability to clearly see, work with, and respond to complex and deeply triggering concerns and issues. Through the practice of meditation, we come face to face with Not-Knowing, realizing the limitations of our fixed ideas and concepts. Out of this place of open encounter with life, our capacity to Bear Witness to the pain of the world emerges. As we hear the cries and sorrow of a land in tumult, we naturally Take Action to respond to the suffering we see and feel all around us.

    This day long retreat will include ample time for meditation and periods of restful silence as well as dharma talks and discussions focused on Not-Knowing, Bearing Witness and Taking Action.

    Schedule

    9.00am – Welcome and Introductions
    9.10am – Opening Meditation
    9.30am – Dharma Talk: Not Knowing
    10.00am – Just Sitting Meditation
    10.30am – Tea Break (maintain silence)
    11.00am – Dharma Talk: Bearing Witness, followed by Questions and Comments
    11.40pm – Meditation
    12.00pm – Lunch Break (maintain silence)
    1.00pm – Meditation
    1.20pm – Dharma Talk: Taking Action, followed by Questions and Comments
    2.00pm – Meditation
    2.20pm – Reflections and Sharing on the Three Tenets
    3.00pm – Closing

    Registration and Payment

    Additional details can be found on Insight Community of the Desert’s event page including registration and payment options.

  • LBM Sunday Sit & Dharma Talk

    3:00 pm - 4:30 pm, Sunday May 16, 2021
    Online - Presented by Long Beach Meditation

    Everyone is welcome to attend LBM’s main Sunday sit where we gather to meditate and have a discussion with our guiding teacher. Sitting together we find support, guidance and the energy to do the challenging work of awakening. Please join us!

    This Sunday Sit will include:

    • Meditation
    • Dharma Talk
    • Q & A Discussion

    Suggested Donation $15

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    FOR MORE INFO ABOUT LBM PROGRAMS, CLICK HERE.

  • ICD Tuesday Night – Meditation as Refuge

    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm, Tuesday May 25, 2021
    Online - Presented by Insight Community of the Desert

    Meditation as Refuge extends a weekly invitation to everyone who would like to explore meditation as a support for their spiritual development. The intention is to focus on realizing our innate capacity for care, compassion and mutual respect. This event welcomes everyone, beginning meditators and experienced practitioners alike.

    Cost: Donation basis, there is no charge to participate. ICD center and teachers are supported by your generosity. Please give from your ability and heart.

    To join via Zoom click here.