Saturday, June 5th, 2021
Virtual Meditation Retreat (on Zoom)
Daylong meditation retreat with Keri Pederson, meditation teacher for Seattle Insight Meditation Society.
This retreat will be held from 9:00 am until 3:30 pm
This retreat is hosted by the Mid-Columbia Insight Meditation Society.
Registration is now open for a daylong mindfulness meditation retreat on Saturday, June 5th with Keri Pederson.
A graduate of the IMS/Spirit Rock Teacher Training Program, she is a meditation teacher at Seattle Insight Meditation Society. The retreat will be held online from 9:30 am until 3:30 pm, using Zoom. The retreat will consist of a mix of seated meditation and walking meditation with instruction and a Dharma talk and will be suitable for beginners and experienced meditators. The schedule will be structured and instruction will be provided to make it easier to practice on retreat while at home.
To register for the retreat, please send an email to InsightMeditation.Midcol@gmail.com. Fee for the retreat will be $10. The fee will be waived for those who can't afford it. Please use our online donation form to pay the fee ( https://donorbox.org/support-insight-meditation-society-mid-columbia ), and leave a comment indicating that the donation is for the retreat on June 5th. A separate link will be provided to those who attend the retreat that they can use to make a donation to Keri Pederson. Those who are registered for the retreat will receive an email a day or two before the retreat with the Zoom link for the retreat.
Keri will also lead a meditation and give a Dharma talk with time for discussion the evening before the retreat, on Friday, June 4th. That event will also be online using Zoom, from 7:30 pm until 9:00 pm. No registration will be needed for the Friday evening talk and meditation and there will be no fee to attend, though participants will be encouraged to support Keri's work by providing a donation online using a link that will be provided that evening. The Zoom link for that talk will be provided in this newsletter a week or two before the event.
Here is a more detailed description of the central topic of the retreat:
For most of us, the experience of this pandemic year has involved a certain degree of restriction and retreat. We may have been aware of a heightened sensitivity to pain, loss, and the ongoing risk involved in simply being alive at any given moment. How are these conditions changing and shaping our view, and how do we bear this sensitivity as we consider re-emerging? In our retreat together, we’ll look closely at the three forms of craving the Buddha identified as being central to our experience of suffering — the craving for sense experience, the craving for being, and the craving for non-being. We’ll explore how a compassionate understanding of these can change the way we relate to these alternating movements in our lives of contraction and expansion, being and doing, retreating and emerging.