This program will be hosted both in-person and online (hybrid). This is the registration page to join Narayan Helen Liebenson in person at our Center in Cambridge. (Register here if you prefer to attend online.)
In-person space is limited. Registration will close at 12:00 pm on Friday, April 26th. Walk-in registrations will not be available. A vegetarian lunch will be provided. Masks will be optional.
We can easily see the path of a practitioner as a solo path, each of us individually engaged in the contemplative practices taught by the Buddha. Although these practices are invaluable, we must get up from our cushions on a regular basis and join the world in the most ordinary of ways. When we do, we are in immediate contact with one another in the forms of family, intimate connections, friends, work relationships and people we don’t know. We cannot avoid being in relationship.
As we know, relationships with others are the source of intense joy and satisfaction as well as great pain and irritability. In either case, we can take relationships as practice and learn from our encounters. We can make relationships into another opportunity for practice, thus awakening into greater wisdom and compassion.
Some of the themes we will engage in are: Learning how to be present within ourselves while responsive to others; respecting our own needs while respecting the needs of those we are with; and understanding our interconnectedness more deeply.
This program is appropriate for both new and experienced meditators. Our time together will include sitting meditation with instructions, talks, and time for discussion and questions. Everyone is welcome.
Full and partial scholarships are available up to 72 hours before the start of the program. This program will not be recorded.
NOTE: At check-in, participants will be asked to volunteer for a short period of mindful service during the retreat—a “yogi job.” Yogi jobs enable the smooth running of the retreat and offer an opportunity to practice alongside other retreat participants.