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Fall Zen Meditation Retreat with Flint Sparks

October 8, 2014 - October 12, 2014

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The kind face of Flint Sparks

Wed Oct. 8 7:00 pm to Sunday Oct 12 noon 2014

The Awakened Heart:
Everyday Practices for the Cultivation of Character

This retreat will provide a creative and sound container for the expression of traditional teachings, skillful personal exploration, and deep meditation practices.

Each component of the retreat will be designed to help call forward these inherent virtues (paramitas) for both the lay and professional practitioner dedicated to the incorporation of mindfulness as the basis of an awakened life. The six virtues as taught on the Buddhist path are generosity, ethics, patience, joyous effort, concentration, and wisdom.

Information and Registration:  Flint Sparks Retreat – Madison Fall 2014 (.pdf)

CEU’s and Certificates of Attendance: 20 CEU’s for Marriage and Family Therapists and Social Workers. Certificate of Attendance given upon request to Psychologists, Professional Counselors, and AODA professionals in accordance with the regulations of their professional bodies


October 8, 2014
October 12, 2014
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Suzanne Kilkus


Holy Wisdom Monastery
4200 County Highway M
Middleton, WI 53562 United States
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Open-Door-Madison-logoSunday Meditation

Suzanne and others from Open Door Zen Community lead weekly Sunday meditation practice. We sit in the Soto Zen tradition and guided by our teacher, Flint Sparks, of the Appamada community in Austin Texas.

Sundays –  5:30-6:45 pm
You are asked to arrive by 5:25pm.

For more information contact me or visit Open Door Zen Community website

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