June 16 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm PDT
A Daylong Retreat with Dean Sluyter
In the doctrine of anatta, the Buddha taught that we are not separate, discrete, concrete, isolated selves. That’s a relief. Belief in a separate self is scary. It makes us a little thing, wandering in a big, alien world of innumerable things, which are often baffling and always potentially dangerous. This kind of deep-rooted, existential fear can manifest in many ways, including anger, free-floating anxiety, and addictive cravings. The cure is, through clear view and skillful meditative practice, to break free of the notion of separate self.
On this retreat, we will dedicate ourselves to breaking free, and thus cutting the root of fear and its manifold expressions. We will explore the possibility that truly skillful meditation is not a matter of doing, but effortless being (because any effort to create a nonagitated state of mind is itself a form of agitation). In addition to this core practice of natural meditation, we will learn auxiliary practices that can relax the grip of fear while in the thick of activity, through subtle tweaks of mind, breath, voice, posture, and perspective.
Cost: Sliding Scale: $45-$85 and the offering of dana to the teacher. Scholarships and work-study are available. No one is ever turned away for lack of funds
Dean Sluyter (pronounced “slighter”) has taught meditation and awakening throughout the U.S. and beyond for over 40 years, from corporate offices to Ivy League colleges. Since 2005, he has supervised the Buddhist Studies program at Northern State Prison, in Newark, New Jersey. The award-winning author of five books, including Fear Less and Natural Meditation, Dean is a grateful student of Buddhist, Bhakti, and Advaita sages. His appearances in national media have included The New York Times, National Public Radio, the Dr. Oz Show, and O: The Oprah Magazine.