Matthew Brensilver


Secrets, Transparency, Dharma


A Half Day Retreat with Matthew Brensilver


 March 2, 2014 – Sunday

9:30am – 1pm


Santa Monica


Secrets often play an important part in our lives. They are concealed from others, but are often partially concealed from ourselves. While there may be very good reasons to be private about something, we want to investigate how certain experiences become secrets, the effect of this secrecy, and how we can cultivate a life where there’s nothing to hide.


Dharma practice helps us see the innocence of experience itself, and can free us from the ways that we interpret experience as meaning something about who we are. This morning is not about disclosing anything to others in the group, but instead is about using mindfulness to make our inner life safe.


Cost: Sliding scale of $25-$60, plus dana for the teacher. Please pay at the highest level you can afford to help support our scholarship funds. Scholarships and work study are available and no one is turned away for lack of funds.






$100 Plus Monthly Supporters attend for no cost. Please CLICK HERE for more info on our Monthly Supporter program.

Matthew Brensilver, PhD, is a long time student of Shinzen Young. He served as a Buddhist chaplain at USC for four years and teaches about the intersection of mindfulness and psychotherapy at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center. Matthew was trained by Noah Levine, with whom he teaches at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society.   He is currently in the Spirit Rock/IMS teacher training program and is mentored by Gil Fronsdal. He conducts research on addiction treatment at the UCLA Center for Behavioral and Addiction Medicine.


This half day will be held at 1001a Colorado Ave., Santa Monica. Click on the address for info on parking around the Santa Monica Center.

 We have chairs and cushions available.