Guardians of the Heart: A Vipassana & Brahma Vihara Retreat

  • Southern Dharma Southern Dharma
  • north carolina, united states
  • Sep 29 - Oct 6, 2018 (8 days)
  • Dormitory for Women - $595.00 Double Room - $630.00 One-Person Cabin - $700.00 Tent Platform - $595.00

About us

“If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.” –Buddha

When we see deeply into the miracle of our own human mind and body process, our whole life begins to change in ways that guide our responses to ourselves and others with increasing wisdom and compassion. The four brahma viharas are the responses of the awakening heart; they are lovingkindness (metta), compassion (karuna), appreciative joy (mudita) and equanimity (upekkha). These mind-heart liberating teachings, attitudes, and practices function as guardians at the door to suffering—while supporting the greater good that exists in each moment. As antidotes to fear and anxiety, aversion, and attachment, they increase clarity, ease, and confidence in our capacity to open to the “ten thousand joys and sorrows” that come and go throughout this precious existence.

This retreat will be held in Noble Silence. It will focus on the continuity of mindfulness while cultivating the brahma viharas. The daily schedule will include morning teachings, reflections and guided meditations, sitting and walking meditation, individual practice meetings, an optional afternoon discussion group and evening dharma talk.

This retreat is recommended for both new and experienced students.

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Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

Reconnecting with myself after a very crazy few months with a new baby! Just having that feeling of being grounded again. But also having an opportunity to connect with new amazing people. Getting exposed and Inspired by new (to me) yoga instructors (and community). Being in the presence of real, authentic and raw emotion (the whole spectrum).. So many reasons! Alyson

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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