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Flint Sparks: 2017 Madison Spring Retreat

March 9, 2017 @ 7:00 PM - March 12, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

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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)


March 9, 2017 @ 7:00 PM
March 12, 2017 @ 12:00 PM
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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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