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Retreat and Summer Clean Up is Here!

Sangha House and Yard Cleanup

Saturday July 13th 7:30 am.

Please help us tend to our house and landscape! Join us for some mindful weeding, scrubbing and camaraderie next Saturday, July 13th. Snacks will be available. Please bring water, a sun hat, sunscreen, gloves and any tools you may need to help out. Your participation in keeping our Sangha House in tip top shape is greatly appreciated!

A Daylong Retreat: The Gradual Training

Teacher: Aruna Dhammadhira

July 21, 9:00am-4:00pm

SIMC Sangha House

248 D St, Salida

"The Gradual Training" is the Buddha's curriculum that leads to full liberation of the heart. This retreat will help you understand how the various practices of the Dhamma fit together and support progress on the path of awakening. Aruna will be exploring this topic during the retreat, including sharing some sutta readings from Pali texts. The retreat includes Dharma talks, silent meditation, walking mediation, Q&A period.

The word “training” might sound a bit odd or even offensive to those who don’t want to be “jumping through hoops” either literally or figuratively. But consider this: Is there any successful athlete, musician or doctor who hasn’t trained? Similarly, when the mind is trained, it becomes incredibly helpful to ourselves and to others.

The phrase “ gradual training” reminds us that this is not a quick or spontaneous process. And though the choice is up to us to undertake the training or not, let us consider the manifold benefits of doing so. The results of a well-trained mind are increased skill, strength, flexibility, endurance, resilience and confidence to name a few. Wouldn’t we all want more of these valuable qualities? In contrast, an untrained mind can cause a great deal of damage.


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