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Flint Sparks: 2016 Madison Fall Retreat
October 12, 2016 @ 6:00 PM - October 16, 2016 @ 12:00 PM
2016 Fall Meditation Retreat with Flint Sparks, PhD
Using the lens of sound psychological principles that support mental and emotional maturity in personal and relational development and the lens of Zen teaching and practice, the retreat teachings and activities will show how, in practice, we can embrace impermanence in a way that is both life enhancing and liberating. Zen, like all branches of Buddhism, emphasizes insight into the interconnectedness of all things, and the expression of this in daily life.
Flint Sparks has been coming to Madison for over 10 years to guide and teach Zen meditation and practice. He is trained in the tradition brought to the west by Suzuki Roshi, the founder of the San Francisco Zen Center. He is also a former psychologist and brings his training in contemplative practice and psychology, Group process, Internal Family Systems, and Hakomi Psychotherapy to his deep teaching and guidance. He is the co-lead teacher at the Appamada Community in Austin, Tx.
Full description and Registration form: Flint Sparks Madison Fall (.pdf)
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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As five-week class to familiarize caregiver participants with stress-reducing mindfulness techniques and invite them to establish a daily practice. Mondays 9am in September and October, UW Madison Arboretum. Link: more information (.docx)
Letting Go: Contemplative Practices for Living and Dying
This retreat offers a safe, gentle and supportive opportunity to explore and discover practical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of death and dying, grief and mourning. A day-long at First Unitarian Society of Madison. Link: more information (.docx)
BOOK: “The Fifth Rule of Ten” by Gay Hendricks
The next in the Tenzin Norbu series is out! Gay Hendricks has created a character of complexity – a former Buddhist monk turned police officer turned private investigator. These stories combine action and mystery with conscious living and loving principles based in Buddhist practice. Engaging, thought-provoking and highly recommended. Read the whole series. You start caring about Ten and the people in his life and wonder how they are doing.
Just for fun:
Some birdsong for you.