Knowing for Yourself What is True: A Meditation and Dharma Study Retreat

  • Southern Dharma Southern Dharma
  • north carolina, united states
  • Dec 7 - 12, 2018 (6 days)
  • Dormitory for Women - $425.00 Double Room - $450.00 Tent Platform - $425.00 Unheated Single Cabin - $500.00

About us

This course will be guided by the compassion, logic and wisdom of the

Buddha shining through the Kalama Sutta. As if he is speaking to us

today, the Kalama Sutta begins with the Buddha in conversation with a

group of people who are in a state of confusion and doubt about how to

discern the truth. They have become perplexed about who was speaking

the truth and who was speaking falsehoods among the many spiritual

teachers who came through their village. The Buddha responds by

acknowledging that it is natural and intelligent to doubt, to be

uncertain, to question when uncertainty has arisen in one about what

is doubtful. Then, rather than telling them who is or is not speaking

the truth, the Buddha offers guidelines for how to overcome their

doubt on their own. With this encouragement for free inquiry the

Buddha suggested using our experience of suffering and happiness as

our guide.

Inspired by this perspective, we will share in the spirit of

individual and group inquiry while considering ways we look for truth

outside ourselves rather than through our own direct experience. We

will contemplate our over reliance upon beliefs, associations,

attitudes, and habits that reinforce confusion and doubt instead of

promoting clarity. We will follow the classical progression provided

in this powerful, illuminating and pragmatic teaching that concludes

in the Buddha describing some of the encouraging results that come

from the practices of loving kindness, compassion, appreciative joy

and equanimity.

Each day of this retreat will be dedicated to dharma exploration and

practice. The daily schedule will include morning teachings from the

Kalama Sutta followed by large and small group discussions. The

afternoon will be held in Noble Silence and include a schedule of

sitting and walking meditation. The schedule will also include an

individual inquiry with DaeJa and an evening dharma talk. Throughout

the retreat there will be time to rest and enjoy the beauty of nature

surrounding us at Southern Dharma.

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Knowing for Yourself What is True: A Meditation and Dharma Study Retreat

at Southern Dharma

  • Dec 7, 2018 - Dec 12, 2018 (6 days)

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Having our beautiful baby boy 3 months ago gave me a new perspective and outlook moving forward. Liana
 

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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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