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Flint Sparks: 2017 Madison Spring Retreat
March 9 @ 7:00 PM - March 12 @ 12:00 PM
Sex, Shadow, and the Unspoken
2017 Spring Meditation Retreat with Flint Sparks, PhD
This retreat will be an invitation for us to own our preferences for purity, for untainted experience, come to terms with our unending longings and aversions, admit our preferences for a perfect life, and wrestle with our tangled perceptions of good and evil. From this view, rather than seeing the goal of spiritual practice as perfecting one’s life and transcending challenge and struggle while seeking purity and light, we will come to an appreciation for the mystery and awe of life itself — the play of light and dark in these human bodies seeking loving relationships. Unless we come to terms with the limits of being human, life experience is a struggle between the demands we place on ourselves and others in an attempt to avoid what we deem as the “darkness” and seek only what we believe is light. In facing this truth, we change our relationship with ourselves and others to reflect acceptance, care, and freedom. Silence, sitting and walking practice, teaching, and daily discussion will be the tools used for this study.
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
Mindfulness for Caregivers
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.