Brian Lesage Presents
Embodying Simplicity: In Our Meditation Practice And In Our Lives
A 2-day Insight Meditation Retreat
A condition of complete simplicity
(Costing not less than everything)
And all shall be well and
All Manner of things shall be well
- T.S. Eliot Little Gidding
February 5 and 6
Saturday and Sunday Online
Saturday - 9am to 4pm
Sunday - 9am to 3:30pm
The Buddha's teachings on simplicity provide an essential component for living a life of contentment and freedom. In this retreat we will gather together and explore the many facets of this teaching through the practice of continuous mindfulness meditation in silence throughout the day—in sitting and walking meditation. The retreat will be held mostly in silence. There will be optional discussion times to discuss the experiential meditative approaches that will be offered throughout the retreat. This retreat is designed for both beginners and experienced practitioners.
COST: No Cost Retreat - Donations to the teacher are gratefully accepted. Participants will have the opportunity to offer dana (donations) to the teacher at retreat’s end. The teacher will receive no other financial compensation.
Space is limited, so please register early. Be sure to select a ticket quantity at the top of the registration page. You will receive a confirmation email when your registration is completed.
The Zoom link and special instructions will be sent to you two days before the retreat.
Register here: https://salidasangha.eventsmart.com/?p=143
New Year's Eve
At 5:00 pm on December 31, 2021 we will be hosting a sit and celebration that promises to be lots of fun. Please join us on Zoom! https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6113473781
We held a short and sweet annual meeting on December 5th. Thanks to all who attended! Your hardworking board was once again voted in:
Roberta Smith, President
Phil Sasso, Secretary
Elizabeth Ritchie, Treasurer
Denise Ackert and Paul Vosburgh, board members at large
The 2022 budget was approved and we reviewed all of our accomplishments of the past year which were quite remarkable considering the difficult times in which we find ourselves.
Mindfulness In The Jail
Denise's fundraiser has been very successful! Thanks to all of you near and far who donated. The fundraiser has reached 2/3 of its goal, so if you still wish to donate, here's the link:
Upcoming Awakening Joy Class With Cindy Sasso
December Rent Donation
Since we aren't able to use the sangha house right now, we are giving our December Rent money of $650 to The Grainery Ministry and Caring and Sharing for their food banks.
Devas And Kuan Yin
A recent addition to the sangha house library wall are these photos of our beloved departed friends Jane Whitmer, Stephen Bolling and Derry Marble. Love and metta dear ones!
Links to Sunday and Tuesday Sits, Website and Facebook
Sundays from 5-6 pm and Tuesdays at noon join us for sits at:
Kevin Wathen has updated our website so check it out here:
And Carla Jaramillo continues to offer beautiful inspirations on our Facebook page:
David Chernikoff's New Book
For those of you who follow David Chernikoff, a well known and respected teacher from Boulder, we want to share this message from him:
"My intention in writing the book was to capture the heart of what I’ve learned in the years I’ve been practicing and studying the teachings, with a particular emphasis on how the teachings apply to mid and late life stages. The book is called Life, Part Two: Seven Keys to Awakening with Purpose and Joy asYou Age."
Shambala Publications is offering it at a 30% discount through their website until December 31,2021:
Discount Code: LPT30
And Now: A Poem For You From Your Sangha
My soul tells me
we were all broken from the same nameless heart
and every living thing wakes with a piece of that original heart
aching its way into blossom.
This is why we know each other below our strangeness.
Why when we fall, we lift each other
or when in pain, we hold each other.
Why when sudden with joy, we dance together.
Life is the many pieces of that great heart loving itself back together.
~ Mark Nepo, The Exquisite Risk
With great love and blessings to all of you for a healthy, happy holiday season, we hope to see you soon,
Your Salida Sangha Board