Thursday, February 28, 2013
Weekend Non-residential Retreat
March 23/24, 2013
Sponsored by the Victoria Insight Meditation Society
March 23 9 am–4:30 pm; March 24 9 am-4:00 pm
Goward House 2495 Arbutus Rd, Victoria BC.
Kevin Griffin is the author of the seminal 2004 book One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps and the recent A Burning Desire: Dharma God and the Path of Recovery.
The Buddha taught that craving is the cause of suffering. Craving may manifest in habitual thought and emotional patterns, compulsive behaviours, and/or addiction to substances.
Join us for a unique non-residential meditation retreat combining traditional Buddhist meditation practices with 12 step work. Using silent insight meditation, interactive exercises, lecture, and discussion, the weekend will explore the ways that Buddhism and the 12 Steps complement each other. Introductory meditation instruction will be offered.
This weekend retreat is open to all who are interested in the area of recovery, whether you are in recovery, a therapist who treats addictive behaviour, or are interested in investigating your own habitual thought and emotional patterns.
Kevin Griffin has been practicing Buddhist meditation for three decades and has been in recovery since 1985. Kevin has been a meditation teacher for over fifteen years. His teacher training was at Spirit Rock Meditation Center where he currently leads Dharma and Recovery classes. He is a leader in the mindful recovery movement and a co-founder of the Buddhist Recovery Network. For more information, see www.kevingriffin.net
Online Registrations: click here
For inquiries about this retreat email VIMS1retreat@gmail.com
Cost: There will be an opportunity to offer a donation to Kevin Griffin for his teachings.
Suggested donation to Victoria IMS for expenses: $40. Please offer within your means.
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Community Practice Days Monthly from February -May.
Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the founder of the Shambhala community, stressed the importance of group practice intensives, urging his students to “please participate in the sitting practice of meditation fully.” In this spirit we invite newer and older practitioners alike to join us, free of charge, for any or all of the following full days of practice:
- Sunday, February 24th
- Sunday, March 24th
- Sunday, April 28th
- Sunday, May 19th
- 9:00 AM: Opening chants; sitting meditation interspersed with walking meditation
- 12:00 PM: One-bowl lunch, in silence in the meditation hall—lunch provided (donations gratefully accepted)
- 1:00 PM: Work period, with time for an outdoor walk
- 2:00 PM: Sitting meditation interspersed with walking meditation
- 3:30 PM: Tea, with functional talking
- 4:00 PM: Sitting meditation interspersed with walking meditation
- 6:00 PM: One-bowl dinner, in silence in the meditation hall, and cleanup—dinner provided (donations gratefully accepted)
- 7:30 – 8:30 PM: Sitting meditation interspersed with walking meditation; closing chants
Ngondro and Werma practitioners are invited to practice in the upstairs shrine room, joining the other practitioners for opening and closing chants, meals, and tea.
For more information, contact Mark Hazell at firstname.lastname@example.org.