9th Annual Cascadia Insight Dialogue Retreat
About This Event
Refuge in the Fire
The fires of the world have been very hot. There is injustice, anger, and degradation of dignity and truth. Yet this is the world in which we live.
How do we find refuge in meditation and Dhamma without shutting out the pain of the world?
How often do we create more suffering trying to save ourselves from suffering?
Such are the questions that intertwine in the context of a commitment to liberating the mind while living with the social injustices of today’s society and engaging in meaningful action in the world. Our practice encourages us to open our hearts and yet the suffering of the world can sometimes seem unbearable. Without solid refuge, we can easily get lost.
In this year’s retreat, we will investigate the personal, interpersonal, and social dimensions of ignorance that fuel both our own suffering and the suffering in the world. We will be developing mindfulness and gathered attention as refuge. Together we will contemplate the teachings and mind states that nurture and strengthen us. Through an attentive weaving of meditative dialogue, silent meditation, and time in nature we will deepen the essential meditative qualities that support inquiry into this shared human experience.
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Deryk Wenaus July 04, 2014
I worked with Gregory on helping build a website and even during mundane conversations on the phone he was transmitting authentic presence. He was always bringing back the view of wakefulness in everyday life. I really appreciated this and hope to attend a longer retreat with him some day.