Spacious as the Clear Blue Sky: Resting in Boundless Freedom
“As I see it, there isn’t so much to do. Just be ordinary—put on our robes, eat your food, and pass the time doing nothing.”Master Linji
Imagine having a mind like the clear blue sky, knowing the sun of wisdom is shining by day, and the ever-changing moon reflecting at night. Our mindfulness practice guides us to cultivate solidity, freshness, stillness, clarity and spaciousness. On this retreat we will practice in an atmosphere of spaciousness, have periods of sitting, walking, deep relaxation, dharma talks, sharing and sky watching. We will rest in the poetry of the dharma to free ourselves from story, worry, and regret by stabilizing in the breath-body to deepen concentration. We will discover our own dharma doors to creatively focus on the vastness of the sky and notice our moment to moment experiences as passing clouds or flying birds.
There will be an opportunity to receive the 5 mindfulness trainings in a ceremony during the retreat. If you are interested, please let us know when you register.
We will rest in the poetry of the dharma, stabilize in the breath-body, and free ourselves from story, worry and regret.
The retreat will be lead by Dharma teacher Alexa Singer-Telles
Alexa began practicing in the tradition of Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh in 1991, and co-founded River Oak Sangha in Redding that same year. In 2004 she was ordained into the Order of Interbeing, taking the 14 Mindfulness trainings to join the core community of this tradition. After five years in dharma teacher apprenticeship, Alexa received Lamp Transmission (teacher authorization) in 2014, from Thich Nhat Hanh in Plum Village. She continues to consult regularly with her teacher, dharmacharya Lyn Fine.
In addition to providing leadership and trainings at her sangha for 26 years, Alexa has led a variety of retreats throughout Northern California, including several in the context of Judaism and Buddhism. She is a practicing Marriage and Family Therapist, and also facilitates groups using Soul Collage, a joyful art process that helps tap into one’s inner wisdom and guidance.
Friday, Nov. 12, 6–8 pm MST
- Sitting, walking and guided meditations
- Sky watching
Saturday, Nov. 13, 7 am–7 pm MST With spacious breaks throughout the day
- Sitting, walking and guided meditations
- Dharma talk and writing exercise
- Touching the Earth
- Deep relaxation
- Dharma sharing
Sunday, Nov. 14, 7 am–3 pm MST With spacious breaks throughout the day
- Sitting meditation
- Transmission of the Five Mindfulness Trainings
- Q&A with Dharma teacher
- Tea ceremony and Dharma sharing
The Retreat is entirely organized by Sangha volunteers all of the money collected for the retreat goes towards offering Dana (donation) to our teacher and to maintaining the online practice of the Sangha. The base cost of the retreat is $100 CDN. The retreat can either be paid for online or through etransfer (etransfer information will be forwarded by the registrar). If you are in a position to practice generosity and to give additional funds there is another link below. If you would like to join the retreat but do not have the funds please let our registrar know and they will seek a scholarship for you.
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To donate additional dana:
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Feel free to come to our regular Monday night Sangha gatherings if you have additional questions
Relaxing into Boundless Freedom
Fall Meditation Retreat
Save the Date: November 12th-14th 2021
The Wild Rose Sangha will be holding our annual Fall Meditation Retreat online November 12th-14th 2021. All are welcome to join. Please check back to the website in the upcoming weeks for more details and registration information.
“As I see it, there isn’t so much to do. Just be ordinary—put on our robes, eat your food, and pass the time doing nothing.” Master Linji
The seed of suffering in you may be strong, but don't wait until you have no more suffering before allowing yourself to be happy --Thich Nhat Hanh
When: May 22nd 2021
Time: 9 am – 12pm
We welcome you to join together for a Day of Mindfulness. As usual, the day will happen on zoom on our regular channel. If you are not a regular Sangha Member but would like to join please first join our list serve here.
There will be time for sitting meditation, walking meditation, guided relaxation, and a talk from Thay on Healing. We will also write about and share together our experiences with healing practices.Resting gently together with the Sangha can be very nourishing. It brings benefits to our hearts and minds and to all living beings.Looking forward to seeing the Sangha come together.
Wishing you all health and well being,
Saturday, February 20, 2021
Finding Safety Within – A Building Block for Racial Justice
Days of Mindfulness are a time for practicing as a community in the Plum Village tradition. The Sangha family comes together to listen to dharma talks, share, practice meditation and mindful eating. We come together as a community on zoom in noble silence to deepen our practice and our connection with one another. The upcoming Half Day of Mindfulness will explore Finding Safety Within – A Building Block for Racial Justice.
When: Saturday February 20, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Suggested Donation Sliding Scale: $0 – $40
Dana from this Day of Mindfulness will be shared with the Plum Village Foundation.
Please make your donation here
How to Join our Day of Mindfulness: If you want to attend the Day of Mindfulness, but are not yet a member of Wildrose Sangha sign up for our list serve at https://wildrosesangha.ca/members
Half Day of Mindfulness Schedule
8:45 – open the room
9:00 – 9:20 Welcome and Introductions
9:20 – 9:50 25’ Sitting Meditation
9:50 – 10:20 Recorded Dharma talk: Larry Ward, Response to Insurrection
10:20 – 10:30 Movement
10:30 – 10:40 Walking Meditation
10:40 – 10:50 Break
10:50 – 10:55 Bridge the Dharma talks
10:55 – 11:25 Thay’s Dharma talk, Nourishing Our Joy & Happiness
11:25 – 11:45 Dharma Sharing
11:45 – 12:15 Guided Meditation
12:15 – 12:30 Dharma Sharing
12:30 – 12:35 ARISE Gatha
12:35 – 12:45 Singing
12:45 Dedication of Merit