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  • Location Santa Monica Meditation Center
  • Experience Levels All
  • This class is a donation based class. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
  • Date/Time Sunday, March 24, 2024
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM PT
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Refund and Event Policies

This event is the in-person version of a hybrid retreat which will take place both in-person and online. To register for the online version of this event click here

Please join our Youngish/Middleish Adults Sangha (ages 20s to 40s) for a day of practice exploring the intersection of silence and connection for deepening a nourishing intimacy with ourselves and others.

Please pack a lunch and wear comfortable, breathable clothing and footwear. Limited parking is available so please carpool if possible

This event is based off of traditional Theravadan Buddhist retreat practice and is an invitation to deepen your practical understanding of mindfulness as well as Buddhist psychology and practice. You do not need to subscribe to any creed or belief to participate. Your curiosity, a wish to explore Buddhist practice and to know yourself more deeply to support inner freedom, while connecting with likeminded others, is all that is necessary. This event is not meant to have an overly rigid form and we offer the following (example) schedule as a basic structure to help aid practice development while supporting self-care. 

Schedule 
10-10:10 Intro to the day and noble silence invitation
10-10:40 Group check-in
10:40-11:10 Guided mindfulness practice
11:10-11:15 Review of loving-kindness/metta
11:15-11:45 Guided loving-kindness/metta
11:45-11:55 Short break
12:00-12:15  Dharma talk
12:15-12:45 Sitting meditation (mostly silent)
12:45-12:50 Eating meditation instructions
12:50-1:35 Silent lunch
1:35-2:05 Sense and savor walk
2:05-2:30 “Choiceless awareness” meditation
2:30-2:45  Loving-kindness walking practice
2:45-3:00 Dharma talk
3:15 – 3:30 Silent practice
3:30-3:55 Breaking the silence, dyads about their experience, group share and question/response
3:55-4:00 Closing circle

Where is this event located? 
This event will take place in person at the Santa Monica Meditation Center. Find directions, parking and accessibility information here

COVID-19 Protocol: In keeping with the principles of the dharma that underlie our activities, primarily non-harming, we are requiring that all attendees be fully vaccinated in order to attend in-person. Masks are optional as all attendees are fully vaccinated. Attendance is limited to allow for social distancing.

Suggested Donation: $85

 

Eileen Ybarra Teacher

Eileen Ybarra began studying Theravadan Buddhism meditation practice in 2004. Her first meditation teacher was Trudy Goodman. Since 2004, she has also studied with a variety of dharma teachers through the Against the Stream Meditation Society, Insight Meditation Center of Redwood City, Durango Dharma Center, and Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Her profession is public librarianship,... Read more

Michael Karakashian, PhD Teacher

Michael joined the InsightLA community in 2014 and has been practicing insight meditation and a commitment to inner self-development since 1998. His initial/primary teacher at that time was a student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, among others. He has a deep commitment to inner self-development and to bringing practice from the cushion into daily life. Michael’s... Read more

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