The Louisville Vipassana Community Presents:
Wisdom and Heart Practices for Challenging Situations:
A Retreat (Non-residential) with Donald Rothberg
November 14-16, 2014
One of the great benefits of our practice is to become more responsive and skillful when there are difficulties, whether individual, interpersonal, or related to the wider world. Yet to be relatively centered in mindfulness, awareness, wisdom, the awakened heart, and skillful action when there are difficulties is also a great challenge. A well-known Tibetan saying goes, “When the sun shines and the belly is full, I look like a Dharma practitioner; but when faced with trouble my faults are exposed.”
In this weekend retreat, we’ll look at the importance of the different parts of our practice—developing clear intentions, living ethically (including using speech and communication skillfully), grounding in the body, and cultivating mindfulness, wisdom, and the awakened heart—for responding to difficult situations. There’ll be a particular focus on key wisdom principles and perspectives for being responsive with challenges and conflicts, working with difficult thoughts and emotions, and heart practices such as lovingkindness, compassion, forgiveness and empathy. We’ll combine silent sitting and walking meditation with teaching, discussion, and some interactive practices, particularly looking at the integration of formal meditation practices and our daily life practice in responding to challenges and difficulties.
WHEN: Nov. 14th, Friday evening, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Nov 15th and 16th, Saturday and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (note: the retreat may end an hour earlier on Sunday)
WHERE: the Passionist Earth & Spirit Center (“The Barn”), 1924 Newburg Road, Louisville, KY
COST: $60 (+ dana for the teacher)
TO REGISTER: Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: Because the three days are a single retreat, and not separate events, we ask that those who register plan to attend for the full retreat.
Donald Rothberg, Ph.D., a member of the Teachers Council at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Northern California, has practiced Insight and Metta Meditation since 1976, and has also received training in Tibetan Dzogchen and Mahamudra practice and the Hakomi approach to body-based psychotherapy. Formerly on the faculties of the University of Kentucky, Kenyon College, and Saybrook Graduate School, he writes and teaches on meditation, daily life practice, spirituality and psychology, and socially engaged Buddhism. He is the author of The Engaged Spiritual Life: A Buddhist Approach to Transforming Ourselves and the World. His web site is at www.donaldrothberg.com.
Since this is a nonresidential retreat, we must find our own housing and supply our own meals. Mindful Heart members may carpool to the retreat and stay at a motel near the retreat center in Louisville.