Friday, July 13, 2007

Vipassana Community Weekend Retreat August 18-19

Invitation to Participate in a Vipassana Non-Residential Weekend Retreat.

Vipassana mindfulness meditation involves cultivating a non-judgemental awareness of our moment to moment experience. It aims to free the mind from negativity and confusion. By seeing life as a constantly changing process, one learns to accept both the pleasurable and painful aspects of life with balance. This understanding leads to wisdom and compassion.

Dear Meditators,

Hope all is well in your world as we are blessed with this sunny summer weather......and wishing you many blessings of peace and ease of heart and mind.

I want to let you know about the upcoming vipassana non-residential weekend Aug 18-19 at Goward House, 2495 Arbutus Rd., 9-4:30 (door open at 8:30am). It will be appropriate for both new and experienced meditators, and will be taught by Heather Martin from Salt Spring Island.

For registration for this summer retreat we simply ask you to reply to this email by emailing your name to Linda Chan at with your intention of coming.....we won't have you fill out a complete registration form this time and will experiment with how that goes. We encourage people to set aside both days for this retreat, although there will be space for people only able to do one day. If you are a new meditator and can only do one day it is suggested that Saturday would be the day to come and not Sunday as basic instructions will be given on Saturday. Please let Linda know if you are only coming for one day.

We have been using the practice of generosity or dana (dana is the word for generosity from the language in the Buddha's time) to cover the costs of putting on the retreat over the past few years and will continue to do so (costs for rental, teacher's travel etc.) For your information, we suggest $30 for the weekend to cover our costs. Any extra money left over goes into a scholarship fund for folks in our community to do longer retreats who may have the interest, but not the funds to afford that. If the $30 is beyond your means, though, for the weekend that is fine.......please feel free to come and simply donate what feels within your means. There will be a basket out at the retreat for these donations. The teachings, themselves, are offered by the teacher freely, in the Buddhist tradition of over 2500 years. If you feel the teachings have been of value to you, there will be an opportunity to practise generosity or dana for the teachings at the end of the retreat and this money will go directly to the teacher. There will be a basket out at the retreat for this.....and more information will be provided about this at the retreat.

Heather Martin is in her final year of teacher training with Jack Kornfield of Spirit Rock Meditation Center, California. She began meditating in 1973, and has practiced Vipassana meditation in the Theravada tradition since 1981. She teaches on Salt Spring Island and in many places in the United States and Canada. Heather worked for 20 years as a midwife, and continues to teach Childbirth Preparation workshops in Vancouver.

Looking forward to seeing some of you there, warmly, Beth

Beth Trotter
Community Leader,
Victoria Vipassana Community

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