Sila: The Ethical Practice

A One Day Retreat with JoAnna Harper

March 21,  2015

9:30am – 4pm




Sila, the ethical practice of Buddhism, is one of the main tenets of the Noble Eightfold Path. The practice of sila is defined by Right Speech, Right Action, and Right Livelihood.

During this daylong we will explore what it means to live the path beyond sitting on the cushion and how we can show up compassionately and with wisdom through our actions. This day will consist of Dhamma talks, discussions and practices to delve more deeply into the trainings on the path to liberation. When being mindful, we can see more clearly how we cause ourselves and others harm through our actions. We will discuss how through the centuries, lay practicing Buddhists voluntarily undertake a particular set of training rules called the precepts. This daylong is suitable for all.

Bring a lunch.

Cost: Sliding Scale: $40-$75 and the offering of dana to the teacher. Please click here for information on the tradition of dana.  Scholarships and work-study are available. No one is ever turned away for lack of funds.


JoAnna Harper has been exploring and practicing multiple traditions since 1999. In 2005, her focus landed on Buddhism and Vipassana meditation, which is the premise for most of her current teaching. She teaches; adult and teen weeklong silent retreats, day longs and weekly classes, and works with at risk youth and non at risk youth in institutional and school settings. She has been trained in council facilitation with the Ojai Foundation, is a graduate of Noah Levine’s Against the Stream teacher training and is currently in the Spirit Rock/IMS/IMC four-year teacher training. She is the grateful mother of CJ and Harris – her main inspirations.

Daylong will be held at 4300 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA