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All times are Pacific unless otherwise indicated.  

June 2 (Friday), Oakland: East Bay Meditation Center, 6.30 to 8.30 p.m., with Renato AlmonzarMeditation, talk, and discussion. Support for center and teacher on a dana (generosity or donation) basis. For further informationhttp://www.eastbaymeditation.org/ . On Zoom.

June 14 (Wednesday morning class), Spirit Rock, 10 to noon. Meditation, talk, and discussion. Go tohttps://www.spiritrock.org/programs/wednesday-morningOn Zoom.

June 20-26 (Tuesday to Monday): Southern Dharma Retreat Center (north of Asheville, North Carolina): Wise Speech Retreat. Integrating meditation practice with our speech and communication is one of the main ways to bring our deeply-held values and our spiritual practice into our daily lives and actions in the world. In this retreat, we will explore how to bring more mindfulness and care to our communication as a vehicle for dialogue (including when there are differences and conflicts) and improved relationships. We will draw from the core meditative practices of the Buddhist tradition, practices to develop relational awareness, and the contemporary discipline of Nonviolent Communication (NVC). Collectively, these practices form a powerful foundation for cultivating insight, awareness, empathy, and skillful speech. The retreat will integrate periods of silent meditation and sessions of interactive speech practices. It is designed for those who want to bring more attention to speech as a spiritual practice, and for those who have emphasized communication and action and want further grounding in meditation. In-Person. For further informationhttps://www.southerndharma.org/retreat-schedule/1253/cultivating-wise-speech/.

July 9, 23 (Sunday, 4 to 6 p.m.): Benicia Insight Meditation. Meet downstairs at St. Paul’s Church, 120 E. J St., Benicia. Hybrid: For further information: https://beniciainsightmeditation.com

July 12, 19 (Wednesday morning class), Spirit Rock, 10 to noon. Meditation, talk, and discussion. Go tohttps://www.spiritrock.org/programs/wednesday-morningOn Zoom.

July 17 (Monday evening): Spirit Rock. 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. Meditation, talk, and discussion. Hybrid: In-person and online.

August 3-6 (Thursday to Sunday), Spirit Rock: Liberating Insight and Luminous Awareness: The Heart of Insight Meditation, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. In-person non-residential retreat.

Before long, knowledge and insight into impermanence, dukkha [suffering or reactivity], and emptiness will arise. This is the beginning of true wisdom, the heart of meditation, which leads to liberation. Follow your experience. See it. Strive continuously. Know the truth. Learn to give up, to get rid, to attain peace. Ajahn Chah, Thai Forest Tradition Teacher (1918-1992)

From an initial basis in settling our minds and bodies, we will focus especially, for the first two days of our retreat, on the three main forms of practice developing liberating insight, what Rob Burbea called “seeing that frees.” This is the heart of insight meditation, both in formal meditation and daily life! We learn to notice more fully the impermanent flow of experience. We see more clearly when there is reactivity (dukkha, often translated as “suffering”). And we track increasingly when there is a “thick” sense of self, tuning in more to an open and luminous awareness beyond reactivity and the thick self. For the third and fourth days, we will continue these practices and also open more to this spacious awareness beyond reactivity, which is a source of freedom, wisdom, and compassion. Prerequisite: Completion of a class or retreat in mindfulness practice and regular mindfulness practice highly recommended. https://calendar.spiritrock.org/events/liberating-insight-and-luminous-awareness-the-heart-of-insight-meditation/

August 9, 16 (Wednesday morning class), Spirit Rock, 10 to noon. Meditation, talk, and discussion. Go tohttps://www.spiritrock.org/programs/wednesday-morningOn Zoom.

August 13, 20 (Sunday): San Rafael: Marin Sunday Sangha, 6 to 7:30 p.m. or so: Meditation, talk, and discussion. For further informationwww.marinsangha.orgBy Zoom.

August 20 (Sunday morning): San Francisco, Gay Buddhist Fellowship 10.30 to 12 noon, held at San Francisco Buddhist Center, 37 Bartlett Street (near 21st St. between Mission & Valencia). For further information: https://gaybuddhist.orgTentatively hybrid: In-person and on Zoom.

September 10-17 (Sunday to Sunday): Southern Dharma Retreat Center (north of Asheville, North Carolina): Settling, Seeing, and Spacious Awareness: A Retreat for Experienced Students. In-person retreat. In the context of a small retreat, we will train in three inter-related modes of practice. First, we will settle and stabilize our minds and bodies, through dedicated concentration practice, in both sitting and moving forms of meditation.  As we settle, we then become better able to examine closely both our experiences of our bodies, thoughts, and emotions, and the general patterns of experience. We see more clearly when we are reactive, when we suffer, when there is a thick sense of self, and we learn to be more with the impermanent flow of experience. We can also thirdly tune in more, as we settle and see, to an increasingly unconfined and luminous awareness beyond reactivity, that is a source of freedom, wisdom, and compassion, both in retreat practice and daily life. There will be both group and one-on-one meetings with the teacher and there will also be a session of Qigong. Prerequisite: Completion of at least two 5-night or longer silent Insight Meditation retreats or permission of the teacher. For further information: https://www.southerndharma.org/retreat-schedule/1263/settling-seeing-and-spacious-awareness-a-retreat-for-experienced-students/. Waiting list only.

September 21-24 (Thursday to Sunday)Southern Dharma Retreat Center (north of Asheville, North Carolina): Self-guided retreat. Join other experienced practitioners for self-guided practice in Noble Silence. Participants must have taken part in at least two 5-day silent meditation retreats (or one 10-day retreat) and have experience with regular, self-supported daily meditation practice. Retreatants are invited to join up to five regularly scheduled daily group meditation sessions. Participants may be further supported by two evening dharma talks – one at the beginning of the retreat and one in the middle of the retreat – a closing session the last morning, as well as a one-on-one session with the teacher upon request. The daily schedule will also include 60 minutes of required working meditation, primarily on outdoor groundskeeping, housekeeping tasks, and food preparation.  For further information: https://www.southerndharma.org/retreat-schedule/1265/self-guided-retreat/. Registration opens May 1.

September 29-October 1 (Friday to Sunday)Weekend retreat. Louisville Vipassana Community. Held at the Earth & Spirit Center (“The Barn”), 1924 Newburg Road, Louisville. Theme to be determined.

October 2 (Monday evening): Louisville Vipassana Community, 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. (Sitting meditation followed by a dharma talk).

October 14-15 (Saturday, Sunday): Spirit Rock 2-day Retreat: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Online. Theme to be determined.

October 20-23 (Friday to Monday):Gay Buddhist Fellowship Annual Retreat in the Santa Cruz MountainsFor further information: https://gaybuddhist.org/retreat/.

November 4-11: InsightLA: Big Bear Retreat Center (Southern California, San Bernardino Mountains): Settling, Seeing, and Spacious Awareness (with Tere Abdala and Devon Hase). We will train in three inter-related modes of practice. First, we will settle and stabilize our minds and bodies, becoming more concentrated, through both sitting and moving forms of meditation, including regular Qigong. As we settle, we then become better able to examine closely both our experiences of our bodies, thoughts, and emotions, and the general patterns of experience, both more personal and more universal. We see more clearly when we are reactive, when we suffer, when there is a thick sense of self, and we learn to be more with the impermanent flow of experience. We can also tune in more, as we settle and see, to an increasingly unconfined and luminous awareness beyond reactivity, that is a source of freedom, wisdom, and compassion, both in retreat practice and daily life. Prerequisite: Completion of a class or retreat in mindfulness practice and a regular mindfulness practice. For further information: https://insightla.org/event/settling-seeing/2023-11-04-14-00/.

November 17 (Friday), Oakland: East Bay Meditation Center, 6.30 to 8.30 p.m., with Arisika Razak: Meditation, talk, and discussion. Support for center and teacher on a dana (generosity or donation) basis. For further informationhttp://www.eastbaymeditation.org/. On Zoom.

December 2 (Saturday), Benicia: Wise Speech for the Holidays (daylong): 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For further information: https://beniciainsightmeditation.com

December 3, 10 (Sunday): San Rafael: Marin Sunday Sangha, 6 to 7:30 p.m. or so: Meditation, talk, and discussion. For further informationwww.marinsangha.orgBy Zoom.

December 15 (Friday), Oakland: East Bay Meditation Center, 6.30 to 8.30 p.m., with Arisika Razak: Meditation, talk, and discussion. Support for center and teacher on a dana (generosity or donation) basis. For further informationhttp://www.eastbaymeditation.org/. On Zoom.

February 6-11 (Tuesday to Sunday): Berkeley, CA: Transforming the Judgmental Mind (with Eve Decker): An in-person non-residential retreat, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Judgments of a reactive nature are very strong in most of our lives, and in the dominant culture. They can distort our perceptions, make relationships difficult, and undermine our work in the world. In this retreat, we will explore such judgments (and their difference from non-reactive discernment) and how to transform them. We will cultivate mindfulness of judgments; inquiry into the deep roots of judgments; and heart practices such as lovingkindness, forgiveness, and compassion. We will also explore the somatic and social dimensions of judgments and how to cultivate skill in speech and interaction in the midst of judgments. These tools will help us to preserve the intelligence and energy often found in judgments, using them for discernment and compassionate action, while working through judgments’ destructive, compulsive aspects. The retreat will be held mostly in silence, including guided meditations, along with group and individual practice discussions. Those attending the retreat will have the option of continuing with follow-up sessions after the retreat. Prerequisite: Recommended: A background in mindfulness practice and a regular mindfulness practice. Location: Sacred Stream (2149 Byron St., Berkeley, CA (walk from BART). 

Ongoing Wednesdays Class, Spirit Rock, Woodacre, CA: 10 a.m. to noon morning class: Share teaching with Sylvia Boorstein (most Wednesdays, either Sylvia or I will teach; Heidi Bourne has also been teaching for much of 2020 – 2023): 45 minute meditation, talk and discussion. Donald will be teaching June 14; July 12, 19; August 9, 16. Further dates to be determined.

Donald’s Talks At: Dharma Seed (www.dharmaseed.org/), Audio Dharma (www.audiodharma.org )