If you are confused, concerned or curious about events unfolding in our nation and in our world, and if you seek to stay centered and to choose wisely what to say or do, then this retreat is designed specifically for you. Peace in the Eye of the Storm is a retreat designed to help you be mindful and to practice the dharma in the midst of these turbulent times. It is also designed to help you find the clarity to make the right choices in your personal life and in your community.
The retreat format is that of a Householders’ Retreat, which means that it meets several times in the course of one week, and assignments are given for practice in your everyday life. We will guide you in the practice of Insight Meditation (aka vipassana)and tonglen. Beginners and all levels of experienced yogis are welcome.
We meet: Sunday Sept. 20, 9am-5pm on Zoom Tuesday Sept. 22, 7-9pm on Zoom Thursday Sept. 24, 7-9pm on Zoom. Saturday Sept. 26, 10am-5pm on Zoom
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.
This retreat is led by Robert Brumet. He is an ordained Unity minister and was a faculty member at Unity Institute & Seminary from 1989 to 2016. Robert has been teaching Insight Meditation since 1990. He was one of the founding members of Mid-America Dharma and the Temple Buddhist Center. Robert 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.
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.