Embodying the Heart of Mindfulness
A Metta-Vipassana Daylong Retreat
with Dave Smith
Saturday, April 2, 2016
During this daylong, participants will explore and learn to integrate the four foundations of mindfulness with the classic brahma viharas (divine abodes of loving-kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity). This ancient Theravada method of practice allows for insight and wisdom to arise within a context of kindness and friendliness.
Vipassana refers to the refined understanding of the individual nature of the body and mind, as well as the realization of the common characteristics of all experience from an intimate, direct observation of the momentary arising and passing away of all phenomena. Such insight has the power to liberate the mind from misunderstanding the nature of reality. Metta (loving-kindness or friendliness) is the cultivation of the sincere wish to be at ease. It strengthens the capacity of the heart to forbear challenges patiently, and to connect with any condition or situation. It is the directing of loving thoughts wishing for physical safety, mental happiness and an enduring sense of ease and well-being.
This event is appropriate for beginners and experienced meditators.
ONLINE REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. DROP-INS THE MORNING OF ARE WELCOME!
COST: Sliding Scale: $35 – $75, plus an offering of dana to the teacher. Please pay at the highest level you can afford to support our programs and pay it forward for those who have less.
Scholarships and work-study are available. No is turned away for lack of funds.
Dave Smith is a Buddhist meditation teacher, addiction treatment specialist, experienced speaker, and published author. He is empowered to teach by Noah Levine of Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society. Having operated intensive programs and trainings for the Nashville office of the Mind Body Awareness Project (MBA), Dave has extensive experience bringing meditative interventions into jails, prisons, youth detention centers and addiction treatment facilities. He is the guiding teacher and program director of the Against the Stream Nashville Meditation Center and teaches over 300 meditation classes and workshops a year. He provides direct services for mental health agencies, the public library, and speaks nationally at Addiction and Behavioral Health conferences. Dave recently relocated to Los Angeles.
This daylong retreat will be held at Against the Stream San Francisco
2701 Folsom Street 415.695.2864