Wisdom practices are commonly distinguished from practices of kindness and compassion. Often, meditation practitioners feel drawn to either the wisdom aspect or the heart aspect. However, Buddhist psychology suggests a powerful connection between awareness and love. In insight meditation, we practice resting, looking deeply, knowing moment-by-moment what it’s like to be human. Initially, some of us are hesitant to look because we’re concerned what we’ll find. But our practice shows us that the more deeply we look into experience, the more reason we have to love.
As the attention stabilizes, we begin to sense the poignancy of our wish to be happy. Seeing this, we care about our struggles and cherish our joy in a new way. In turn, this love informs how we engage with the world. The face of emptiness is love.
The retreat will include sitting and walking meditation, practice instructions, and dharma talks. The retreat is appropriate for new or experienced meditators. All are welcome.
November 8, 2019 - November 10, 2019. 3 pm check-in on the 8th. Retreat ends after lunch on the 10th.
San Luis Rey Retreat Center
4050 Mission Avenue, Oceanside CA 92057
Parking is free
Your generous support is needed! You may or may not be aware that the dharma teacher is solely supported by the generosity of the students. Registration fees for retreats cover expenses including food, facilities, and scholarships. None of these fees go directly to the teacher.
At the end of the retreat, you will be given the opportunity to offer dana so the teacher may continue their dharma work. We cannot recommend an amount to donate as the teachings are considered priceless--your offering should be given from the heart.
Located next to the Mission San Luis Rey, the retreat center offers 56 acres of property with beautiful gardens and walkways. There is a swimming pool available at no charge to Retreat Center guests.
Rooms and Dining:
Each room typically has two twin beds, a sink, and a desk. European-style restrooms in the hallways have private showers and toilets. Linens and towels are provided. Each room has individual controls for heat; air conditioning is not provided.
Single, double, and commuter options are available during registration.
Vegetarian meals will be served buffet style in the dining room, and outdoor and patio seating is also available.