Fall Week-Long Meditation Retreat: The Basic Goodness of Being Human (Weekthün)
Acharya Emily Bower
November 2–10, 2018
In this week-long retreat, we will explore what it means to be an individual and what it means to be a part of a society through the lens of the meditative traditions. In contemplating the question, “Who am I?”, meditation practice provides us with the tools needed to reflect directly on our own experience and connect to our hearts, body, and sense perceptions as the ways through which we connect to our world. We will explore the Buddhist teachings on how our sense of self arises moment by moment and use meditation practice as a way to contact and express the inherent nature of mind, our basic goodness.
Each day will begin with opening practice at 7 am and end at 9 pm. Included will be group practice, the daily chants practiced within the Shambhala community, teaching talks and opportunity for discussion, individual meetings with a meditation instructor, periods of silence, and contemplative meals in the meditation hall.
This weeklong retreat offers an opportunity to the engage in the profound experience of a meditation retreat as practiced in the Shambhala tradition. Attendance at each session is an important aspect of the discipline of retreat, but we will also include much time for open space, celebration, and meaningful conversation.
Participants in the Way of Shambhala will receive credit for The Basic Goodness of Being Human (BG1), as well as for a one-week retreat.
Open to new and experienced practitioners. For those on the Shambhala Buddhist path, this Weekthun counts toward one week of Dathun and fulfills a portion of the group practice requirements for attending the Enlightened Society Assembly, as well as Shambhala Guide Training requirements.
Acharya Emily Bower began practicing with the Shambhala community 30 years ago. The Sakyong invited her to become an acharya in 2004. She leads retreats and weekend programs, with particular interests in dathun and weekthun; contemplating kindness; and practicing sanity in challenging situations.
She works as a book editor specializing in Buddhism, psychology, and yoga. She is a project manager and editor for the 84000 Project, a non-profit focused on translating the words of the Buddha into English. She is a staff reviewer and curator at Dharma Spring, the online Buddhist bookstore.
She has a bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies from Brown University and studied writing and editing at UC Berkeley. She is married to the translator, screenwriter, and artist Peter Alan Roberts.
Financial aid is available for this program.