New Years Retreat: The Dharma of Insecurity

Wednesday, December 30 | 10am | Zoom

The Dharma of Insecurity
An Online New Year's Retreat
Dec. 30 - Jan. 2, 2021
with Robert Brumet, Victor J. Dougherty and Nicoya Helm
Living with uncertainty and insecurity in the world and in our life can be very challenging. Yet uncertainty actually gives us the possibility of going places we have never been before. Insecurity fosters anxiety, but also creates exciting new possibilities. It is a time when our Dharma practice is perhaps more important than ever before.
This four-day retreat will be led by Robert Brumet and Victor J. Dougherty with additional support from Nicoya Helm. The retreat will be online and begins 10am Wed. Dec. 30, and ends 5pm Saturday Jan. 2.
Retreat times are:
10am to 8pm Wed – Friday and
10am -5pm on Saturday.
Those attending are asked to keep the noble silence at all times except when speaking with the instructors.
If you live with others, please make arrangements for them to honor your practice or, if possible, find a place where you can be alone the entire time.
Practice format will be similar to residential retreats:
*alternate periods of sitting and walking.
*contemplative movement (Tai Chi Chih)
*Dharma talks
(they may even provide a
spot of light-hearted entertainment on New Year’s Eve!)
Insight Meditation is a practice that aims to free the mind from the distortions of self-centeredness, negativity, and confusion. Through the intensive practice of moment-to-moment investigation of the body-mind process the mind gradually sees more clearly into the nature of itself. Such clear seeing leads to freedom from the attachments and misconceptions that cause our suffering and allows us to open to a path of wisdom and compassion.
About our retreat leaders:
Robert Brumet has been teaching Insight Meditation since 1990. He received Community Dharma Leader certification from Spirit Rock Meditation Center in 2000. He is also a Spiritual Director, having received certification from Mt. St. Scholastica College in 2013.
Victor J. Dougherty is the director of the Temple Buddhist Center and has been practicing for over 16 years.
$150 (scholarship supporter)
*Scholarships available (email
*Dana for teacher (see below)
Teacher Dana
Dana (the Pali word for “generosity”) has been part of the Buddhist tradition for over 2500 years. Traditionally, in Asia it took the form of a lay person supporting the monastic community through offerings of food and other provisions. As the dharma has come to the West “dana” has taken the form of financial donations offered to teachers and retreat leaders.
In this tradition, the registration fee for any retreat is intended to cover only the cost of the retreat itself. None of this money is given to the teacher. Instead, the teacher relies upon the generosity of the participants, in the same spirit in which monks and nuns traditionally relied upon the lay community for support.
Generosity itself is a spiritual practice. It is a practice which the Buddha recommended particularly for lay persons who were not able to engage in the more rigorous spiritual practices of the monastic community. Generosity opens the mind and heart and helps to free us from the bondage of fear and greed.

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