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Avoiding the Second Arrow

April 7 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm PDT

A Daylong with Mary Stancavage.

We often hear about the second arrow in the Buddha’s teachings and this daylong will take a deep look at what it means and how we let it go. We have a tendency to meet our unpleasant experiences with resistance which only intensifies the discomfort rather than easing the pain. Or we chase pleasure to cover up what we don’t like. The difficulty we experience is the first arrow and our unskillful response is how we shoot ourselves with the second arrow. Most of the time we do this automatically and then wonder why it doesn’t work and we still hurt.

In this daylong we’ll slow down our minds and investigate how we react to difficulties. We’ll begin to see our automatic responses to what arises and we’ll learn how to let go of those and be with the experience itself. Instead of letting aversion, craving and ignorance take over, we’ll turn towards ourselves with patience and compassion and learn how to be with the first arrow and drop the second

This day will consist of dharma talks, meditation and conversation and is suitable for all levels of practitioner. Come sit and taste some freedom.

This daylong is open to all.

$100 Plus Monthly Supporters attend for no cost. TO RSVP AS A MONTHLY SUPPORTER, CLICK HERE.

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Cost: $45-85 sliding scale, plus dana (donation) to support the teacher. Scholarships are available. No one turned away for lack of funds.


Mary Stancavage has practiced meditation, yoga, and cultivated a spiritual practice for over 30 years. She began studying with Noah Levine in 2005, and in 2009 completed his first teacher training program. She currently serves as Program Director of Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society.  She has taught meditation at recovery centers in Los Angeles, has co-facilitated Year-to-Live groups since 2008, and has a weekly class at ATS. She completed the Buddhist Chaplaincy Program at the Sati Center and served as volunteer chaplain at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center. She also served as Executive Director of the Mind Body Awareness Project from 2016 to 2018. Mary sits on the boards of the Buddhist Insight Network and CLUE-LA: Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice . In addition, Mary has a Masters from UCLA, and worked as an archaeologist in the Middle East.


April 7
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Mary Stancavage


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