Heart as Wide as the World: Heart practices of the Buddhist and Bhakti Paths

  • Menla Retreat & Spa Menla Retreat & Spa
  • 375 Panterkill Road PO Box 70 Phoenicia, NY 12464 United States
  • Nov 14 - 17, 2019 (4 days)
  • MENLA Deluxe Queen - $1,308.00 MENLA Deluxe Double (Shared Room) - $1,035.00 MENLA Private Queen - $1,218.00 MENLA Deluxe Double - Shared bath (Shared Room) - $984.00 MENLA Deluxe Quad (Shared Room) - $921.00 MENLA Standard Single - $1,017.00 MENLA

About This Event

Both the Bhakti and Buddhist paths tell us that we all have the same capacity for compassion and for peace. A life of connection and authenticity can come completely alive for us, even now when the world is in greater turmoil than ever before. We can discover that our hearts are indeed, wide enough to embrace the whole world of experience. This discovery offers us extraordinary freedom and happiness. The poet Rainer Maria Rilke beautifully describes this way of living as:

“I live my life in widening circles

that reach out across the ocean

I may not ever complete the last one

But I give myself to it.”

As we give ourselves to the practices of chanting, mindfulness and lovingkindness meditation, our habitual patterns of attachment and separation are seen for what they are: painful and unnecessary. Through these practices we can begin to live in a way that is commensurate with our extraordinary potential– the potential of being truly awake. We ourselves can live with the unbounded heart of the Buddha.

In this weekend retreat, dive into the practices and teachings of the unbounded heart, led by lifelong teachers and friends, Krishna Das and Sharon Salzberg. Sharon and KD draw from their respective traditions of Bhakti Yoga and Buddhism for a complementary exploration of the heart as wide as the world. This immersive retreat includes periods of teaching, discussion, guided meditation, call and response chanting practice, as well as time for question and answers. The weekend also includes group chanting of the Hanuman Chalisa led by Nina Rao, and daily yoga classes led by Lily Cushman. Suitable for new or experienced practitioners.

Schedule

Thursday, November 14th

2 – 8pm Arrival and Check-in

4 – 6pm Spa Treatments (must be booked in advance)

6:15 – 7:15pm Dinner – Lhasa Inn

7:30pm Doors Open – Nalanda Conference Center

8 – 10pm Opening Welcome with Sharon and KD, Opening Kirtan with KD

Friday,  November 15th

6:30 – 7am Coffee, Tea, Fruit – Lhasa Inn

7 – 8:30am Yoga Asanas with Lily Cushman (Ahimsa Yoga Studio)

8:30 – 9:30am Breakfast

10am – 12:30pm Program with Sharon (Nalanda Conference Center)

12:30 – 2:30pm Free Time for Spa Treatments, Hiking, etc.

1 – 2:15pm Lunch

2:30 – 5pm Workshop with Sharon & KD (Nalanda Conference Center)

5:30 – 6:30pm Yoga Asanas with Lily Cushman (Ahimsa Yoga Studio)

6:30 – 7:30pm Dinner

7pm Will Call for Public Kirtan Ticket Holders (Nalanda Conference Center)

7:30pm Doors Open for Kirtan

8 – 10:30pm Kirtan with Krishna Das (open to public)

Saturday,  November 16th

6:30 – 7am Coffee, Tea, Fruit

7 – 8:30am Yoga Asanas with Lily Cushman (Ahimsa Yoga Studio)

8:30 – 9:30am Breakfast

9:45 – 11:30am Hanuman Chalisas with Nina (Nalanda Conference Center)

11:30am – 2:30pm Free Time for Spa Treatments, Hiking, etc

1 – 2:15pm Lunch

2:30 – 5pm Workshop with KD (Nalanda Conference Center)

5:30 – 6:30pm Yoga Asanas with Lily Cushman (Ahimsa Yoga Studio)

6 – 7:30pm Dinner

6:30 – 7:15pm Book/CD Signing with KD and Sharon (Lhasa Inn Gift Shop)

7pm Will Call for Public Kirtan Ticket Holders (Nalanda Conference Center)

7:30pm Doors Open for Kirtan

8 – 10:30pm Kirtan with Krishna Das (open to public)

Sunday, November 17th

6:30 – 7am Coffee, Tea, Fruit

7 – 8:30am Yoga Asanas with Lily Cushman (Ahimsa Yoga Studio)

8:30 – 9:45am Breakfast

10:15am – 12:45pm Closing Program with Sharon and KD (Nalanda Conference Center)

1:00 -2:15pm Lunch, Check-out & Departure

* Please note schedule is subject to change at any time


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