We are living in exceedingly difficult times filled with a lot of uncertainty and worry. This uncertainty and worry can bring with it a whole host of unpleasantness. The more we worry about the uncertainty, the more our emotions intensify, leaving us frantically looking outside ourselves for a return to normalcy and safety.
Mindfulness reminds us of the true source of our stability. It is in the wisdom of impermanence that we experience the light of the dharma enabling us to clearly see that our strength comes from the stillness within us not from conditions outside of us. In the solitude of retreat practice, we gently disengage the thinking mind by turning towards and investigating the nature of uncertainty and worry. Gradually, through awareness, we become renewed, inspired, and empowered.
This day-long retreat will focus on mindfulness. We will look at why it is so important in today’s world, at some of the benefits from regular practice, and a little at the science behind it.
Everyone who identifies as a person-of-color is welcome. This program is appropriate for both new and experienced meditators and will include meditation (with instructions), walking and reflective periods, and a Dhamma talk. Participants are encouraged to join Tuere on February 24th when she will offer CIMC’s Wednesday Dharma Talk as this will provide additional support for this retreat.
Full and partial scholarships are available.
Tuere Sala is a Guiding Teacher at the Seattle Insight Meditation Society and a retired prosecuting attorney. She has over 25 years of Buddhist meditation experience and is currently a participant in IMS’s 2017-2021 Teacher Training Program. Tuere believes that urban meditation is the foundation for today’s practitioner’s path to liberation. She is inspired by bringing the Dharma to nontraditional places and is a strong advocate for practitioners living with high stress, past trauma and difficulties sitting still. Her teachings reflect an approach to Dharma that is both easy to follow and understand – making it accessible to everyone.