Week-long Spring Meditation Retreat (Weekthun)
Lodro Rinzler and Susan Piver
March 17–25, 2018
Do a deep dive into your meditation practice with this one week intensive. Appropriate for newbies and experienced meditators, this is a chance to deepen your understanding of meditation as well as your own mind and heart.
We will practice shamatha, peaceful-abiding meditation, under the guidance of Shambhala teachers and best-selling Buddhist authors, Lodro Rinzler and Susan Piver. Each day will include a mix of meditation, guided contemplation, fresh teachings, and discussion around how to apply our practice to the rest of our world. If you have been seeking a way to build a bridge between your spiritual life and your secular life, this is the retreat for you. If you have yearned to bring your meditation practice off the cushion and into your work, family and romantic realms, this is the time to do it. If you are ready to see the effects of meditation on how you live your everyday life, join us for this experience. We will study how meditation practice impacts not only your own life, but your relationships with others and society overall.
This retreat is a way to recharge our intention for being kind to ourselves and helping others. We will balance our meditation practice with celebration. Each day will begin with opening practice at 7:00 am. and end at 9:00 pm. Included will be group practice with breaks after meals, the daily chants practiced within the Shambhala community, teaching talks and opportunity for discussion, individual meetings with a meditation instructor, and 24-hour periods of silence. We will serve all our meals to each other in silence in the meditation hall. Attendance at each session is an important aspect of the discipline of retreat, but we will also include much time for celebration, the arts, and meaningful conversation.
This retreat fulfills the requirements of a weekthun.
Registration takes place from 2– 5 pm on your program start date. All participants and volunteer staff must check in at our Guest Registration house. Please arrive before 5 pm to check in and settle into your accommodations. Your program begins with dinner, followed by an orientation. The Guest Registration house closes at 5 pm after which no one is available to provide information or orient you to your accommodations. This program ends after dinner on the day before departure. Further specifics regarding your program’s schedule will be available upon arrival. If applicable, you will receive an email from the program coordinator in the week prior to your program with any additional information you may need.
Financial aid is available for this program.
Lodro Rinzler has taught meditation for seventeen years in the Shambhala lineage and is the award-winning author of six books including the best-selling The Buddha Walks into a Bar and Love Hurts:Buddhist Advice for the Heartbroken. He has spoken across the world at conferences, universities and businesses as diverse as Google, Harvard University and the White House. Lodro’s work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, FOX, CBS, and NBC. He serves as co-founder and Chief Spiritual Officer of MNDFL, NYC’s premier drop-in meditation studios. Website: www.lodrorinzler.com
Susan Piver is a Buddhist teacher and the New York Times bestselling author of nine books, including the award-winning How Not to Be Afraid of Your Own Life and The Wisdom of a Broken Heart. Her latest book is Start Here Now: An Open-Hearted Guide to the Path and Practice of Meditation.
Piver has been a student of Buddhism since 1995, graduated from a Buddhist seminary in 2004 and was authorized to teach meditation in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage in 2005.
She teaches workshops and speaks all over the world on meditation, spirituality, communication styles, relationships and creativity. She wrote the relationships column for body + soul magazine, and is a frequent guest on network television, including the Oprah Winfrey Show, Today, and CNN. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, TIME, Parade, Money, and others.
In 2011, Piver launched The Open Heart Project, an online meditation community with more than 20,000 members who practice together and explore ways to bring spiritual values such as kindness, genuineness and fearlessness to everyday life.
Her next work, The Four Noble Truths of Love: Buddhist Wisdom for Modern Relationships, will be published in June 2018.
Financial aid is available for this program.