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  • Location Online
  • Experience Levels All
  • This class is a donation based class. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
  • Date/Time Saturday, February 24, 2024
    9:30 AM - 4:30 PM PT

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

In this daylong meditation retreat, we’ll explore the power of the devotional practices of chanting and bowing as a way to connect with the boundless compassion that resides in each of us and is a powerful antidote to the effects of these troubled times. We’ll invoke the Bodhisattva archetype of Kuan Yin pictured above, she who listens to the sounds of the world with ease and her relative Avalokiteshvara who has 1,000 arms, each with various implements to heal the world, such as an eye to see what needs to be done, medicine, a sword to cut through bondage or a sutra.  The chants will be a combination of Mahayana Chants from the lineage of Master Hsuan Hua and Theravadin Monastic chants from the Thai Forest Tradition of Ajahn Chah, both passed down to us by Thanissara & Kittisaro.

Mantra connects us to a lineage of thousands of years of spiritual practitioners. Just as we can feel supported by others practicing in the room, we can – through recitation of ancient texts – be supported by those who came before us, across time and continents.  With practice, chanting vibrationally returns the heart-mind to its original nature of brightness. It is considered by our teachers to be the healing part of the practice.

In addition to periods of chanting, we’ll practice sitting meditation and walking meditation, and also have a period for Qi Gong and some time for Q&A and Dharma discussion.

Who is this retreat for?

Open to anyone – no prior experience needed. One’s ability or lack thereof to sing is not relevant to this daylong.  Bowing can take the range of a full prostration to the simplest motion of tilting the head forward slightly or even just visualizing some movement of devotion.  

Suggested donation: $85



Gullu Singh, JD Teacher

Gulwinder “Gullu” Singh is a mindfulness and Dharma teacher who also practices corporate real estate law. Although he was exposed to meditation as a child, he found his own practice when, after law school, he found himself working at high-powered law firms where the job was extremely stressful. Gullu completed the four-year Spirit Rock Meditation... Read more

Gabrielle Hammond Teacher

Gabrielle Hammond (Movement Teacher | Qigong) has been practicing as an acupuncturist and doctor of Taoist and Traditional Chinese Medicine for past 28 years, under the tutelage of a 64th generation Taoist Master Chang Yi Hsiang, who initiated her journey into contemplative arts, meditation, and qigong practice at a young age. Gabrielle continues to teach... Read more

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