Love: What's meditation got to do with it?

with Andrea Darby
Friday, May 3, 7-9 p.m. Public Talk @ 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 4, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, May 5, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
 
Join us for a weekend retreat to explore radical loving-kindness and the Four Immeasurables: equanimity, love, compassion, and joy.

How does love show up in our lives? Can we learn to love ourselves and others? Can we make love the engine of our activity? Over the course of the retreat, we will rediscover the warmth and love in our hearts. We will connect with the best of ourselves and each other. And, we will look deeply at the notion of radical love. In a world wrought with suffering, can we turn the tide and reawaken the flow of loving-kindness in our families and communities?
 
The ancient Buddhist teachings give us the Four Immeasurables, also known as the Four Limitless Qualities, as an antidote to the pain and disconnection in our modern world. Can we cultivate unlimited love, unlimited compassion, unlimited joy, and unlimited equanimity for ourselves and all sentient beings? This is a radical concept with no boundaries. We must first be honest about our own blocks and limitations, our biases and dislikes. We must look at our obstacles, not as problems, but as doorways to love. This takes work. We hope you will join us.
 
The workshop will include talks, shamatha meditation, contemplation practice, and discussion. Instruction will be provided on meditation techniques. The environment will be warm-hearted, inclusive, and spacious in support of rediscovering the power of love.
 
Level: Everyone is welcome; no previous meditation experience required.
 
Registration: Early registration is recommended to save your space and it also helps the staff plan for the program. Kindly complete payment below or contact [email protected] or 594-1694 to register and discuss other payment options. 
Suggested donation
 
Note: If you are able to pay $175, you will help someone else participate. Thank you!
 
Generosity Policy: We have a generosity policy to make our offerings available to all who wish to participate. If the suggested donation is an obstacle for you, please consider what is possible in your current situation and offer as much of the program fee as you can.  Thank you!
 
Andrea Darby has been a student of Buddhadharma and Shambhala dharma since 1982. She teaches Way of Shambhala, Buddhadharma classes, and weeklong retreats. Ms. Darby has a particular passion for the intersection of mindfulness and activism. Professionally, she is a learning specialist with an interest in guiding teachers to create equitable learning environments in the public school setting. Ms. Darby lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband, daughter, and granddaughter in a multi-generational household.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Four Immeasurables
May all sentient beings enjoy happiness and the root of happiness.
May they be free from suffering and the root of suffering.
May they not be separated from the great joy, devoid of suffering.
 May they dwell in great equanimity, free from passion, aggression and prejudice.