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Flint Sparks: 2015 Madison Fall Retreat

October 21, 2015 @ 6:00 PM - October 25, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

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2015 Fall Meditation Retreat with Flint Sparks, PhD, Oct 21st – 25th

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.

Go HERE for full retreat info, cost & registration form.

CEU’s and Certificates of Attendance : 20 CEU’s for Marriage and Family Therapists and
Social Workers. (pending)

Training in Compassion – Training for the Mind

Compassion as a human trait has been getting increasing attention through research and study in psychology, neurobiology, sociology, and spirituality. We might have an idea of what compassion is, but the idea of it doesn’t make a difference in the face of personal and relationship struggles and suffering.

We need to be able to access the inner experience from which compassionate action arises.

This silent meditation retreat will provide a creative and sound container for the expression of our innate capacity for compassionate care, skillful personal exploration, and deep meditation practices. Each component of the retreat will be designed to help train the mind toward compassionate response in the circumstances of our lives for both the lay and professional practitioner dedicated to the incorporation of mindfulness as the basis of an awakened life.

The books – will be source material for the teachings and practice.
Training in Compassion by Norman Fischer
Awakening Through Love: Unveiling Your Deepest Goodness by John Makransky


October 21, 2015 @ 6:00 PM
October 25, 2015 @ 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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Just for fun:

Some birdsong for you.