Centeredness: A Gift to Ourselves
and the World An Online Meditation Retreat
March 5–7, 2021
Registration is now open for an online retreat with James Baraz. A compassionate and wise teacher, James has been a wonderful friend to our sangha for many years. The retreat will be held March 5, beginning at 6:30 pm, and ending on March 7, at 4:00 pm, via Zoom.
The theme of the retreat will be Centeredness: A Gift to Ourselves and the World. In this time of crisis and uncertainty, our mind can move toward confusion and fear or toward clarity and connection. Our practice gives us tools to stay present with the swirl of mind states and emotions that naturally arise, as well as the centeredness to respond with wisdom and compassion. We can be Thich Nhat Hanh’s “calm person in the boat” transmitting our own balance and clarity to others in our lives. Just as fear is contagious, so is the centeredness that we develop within ourselves. At this time more than ever, we need everyone who cares to show up as best they can to help bring about the shift of consciousness that humanity and the planet desperately need.
The retreat will open Friday evening, March 5, and continue all day Saturday and Sunday, March 6 and 7. It will include Dharma talks, silent sitting meditation, mindful walking, and Q&A sessions. Both beginners and experienced meditators are welcome.
If you choose to attend, we are asking that you commit to the retreat with the same integrity you would bring to a retreat in a residential setting. James will be sitting with us during the sessions, and we will be leaving the Zoom room open during the day except for the lunch break. This will help us all in staying steady in our practice despite the distractions of home.
Join us for this two-day online retreat. Practice at home, but not alone, as we support each other in deepening our connection in the midst of it all.
Additional opportunity to practice with James
James will also be joining our regular Sunday night sitting group at 6:00 pm on March 7. After our meditation, James will say a few words about practice and then open it up for Q&A. All are welcome, whether you attended the retreat or not. You can find the Zoom link for the Sunday night sit here.
This retreat is freely offered. There is no registration fee, and in keeping with Theravada Buddhist tradition, there is no charge for the teachings. However, a donation (dana) to the teacher is encouraged. Information on how to offer dana to James will be sent out after the retreat.
If you’d like to learn more about the beautiful practice of dana, these two articles by Thanissaro Bhikkhu may be of interest:
Registration is required. To register, complete this online registration form. The retreat will be held online via Zoom. Registrants will be contacted a few days before the retreat with the Zoom meeting link and final retreat schedule.
If your plans change, please contact the registrar at email@example.com to let us know you won’t be attending the retreat.