April 23 – 26, 2020 – Four Noble Truths Virtual Retreat
In adversity we find opportunity. Normally, we would be offering our Spring retreat at Waunita Hot Springs Ranch. However, within all of the challenges and suffering resulting from the COVID -19, we realized we needed to step up in a new way to provide mental, emotional, and spiritual support to our greater community. So we have decided to offer a virtual retreat. This will allow us to reach more people with the wisdom and practices embedded in the foundational teaching on the causes of suffering and the methods the eliminate suffering. These teachings are incredibly timely now and are accessible to anyone, whether they are Buddhist or not.
The retreat will be facilitated by John Bruna and will focus on teachings from the book, A Simple Path, by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. This is a rich and insightful commentary on the Four Noble Truths.
The retreat will include teachings, meditation, and discussion. The first half of the day will include periods of silence and reflection and the afternoons and evenings will include discussions and question-and-answer periods. John has a particular gift for making these precious teachings accessible and practical for our modern lifestyles. All of his teachings focus on preparing participants to properly engage in authentic practice in ways that are effective and meaningful to them. He always points out that knowing Dharma is not nearly as helpful as practicing Dharma.
This is a three-day retreat and we will follow the usual schedule we have at Waunita. You can any attend any or all of the sessions that fit into your schedule. As with all of our programs, the teachings are offered on a free-will donation basis. You may offer any amount to register. Please make sure your needs are met before offering a donation.
Dates: Thursday, April 23 – Sunday, April 26. We will begin with an opening session on Thursday evening at 7:00 pm and end around 11:00 am on Sunday.
Cost: Any amount. Donations for the teachings go to the Way of Compassion and are tax-deductible. You and can make a donation online using a credit card below or by check. If you would like to register by check, please email us at [email protected]
Registration: To register, simple make a donation below and list the name and email of participants.
If you have any questions contact [email protected]
Retreat Schedule – All Times are Mountain Standard Time
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Opening talk/teaching
Friday and Saturday (Noble silence is observed in the morning until brunch)
7:30 am – 8:30 am: Morning Meditation
8:30 am – 9:00 am: Break
9:00 am – 11:00 am: Morning Session (breaks are included)
11:30 am: Lunch
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Break/Personal Time
2:30 pm 5:00 pm: Afternoon Session (breaks are included)
5:30 pm: Dinner
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm – Evening Session (breaks are included)
9:00 am to 11:00 am: Final Session and Wrap up