Dharma Evening Benefit

With Phillip Moffitt

Friday June 19, 2015

7:30pm – 9:00pm

San Francisco


In his dharma talk this evening, Phillip Moffitt will take us through an exploration of “The Gap” — that interval of time when we lose mindfulness and intention which then leads to unwise speech and action. This investigation was inspired by a line written by André Aciman in a New Yorker article that appeared in March of 2014: “In between knowing something and refusing to know it, lies a murky chasm that even the most enlightened among us is perfectly happy to inhabit.”

Phillip will probe the question of why we humans so easily disconnect from what we know and already have access to. For example, what happens in the gap between knowing that eating something unhealthy isn’t good for us and then refusing to know it and eating it anyway? Why do we have such a willingness to abandon ourselves? By using our meditation practice as a crucible for understanding, Phillip will lead us through an investigation of how we can cultivate continuity on the cushion and in our daily lives.

Cost: This class will be offered on a dana basis, please keep in mind that this is a benefit to raise money for our new center. No no is ever turned away for lack of funds.

Phillip Moffitt is an insight meditation teacher and writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is Co-Guiding Teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and leads meditation retreats throughout the United States. Phillip is also the founder and director of Life Balance Institute where he trains leaders and professionals in how to skillfully make major transitions in their lives. Prior to his work at Spirit Rock and Life Balance Institute, Phillip was CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Esquire magazine. He is the author of two books: Emotional Chaos to Clarity andDancing with Life: Buddhist Insights for Finding Meaning and Joy in the Face of Suffering. For more information about Phillip and his work, go to www.dharmawisdom.org andwww.lifebalanceinstitute.com.

This Benefit wil be held at Against The Stream San Francisco

2701 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110