The Heart of the Dharma: Letting Go

A Daylong with Matthew Brensilver

Saturday, February 20, 2015

9:00am – 12:30pm


When asked, after 45 years of dharma practice, to summarize the nature of freedom, Joseph Goldstein replied, “The mind that’s not clinging to anything.” Like a tapestry is composed of thread, our suffering is composed of clinging. We cling to views and opinions and conventions, to sense pleasure and to the sense of self. Ultimately, the strategies of clinging are attempts to create happiness and safety. But we can’t hold a river in our hands – the world will not stay still. In letting go, we are not released into a turbulent and destabilizing world but instead let go into a heart full of confidence, a mind full of peace. When we practice the dharma, we practice letting go.

The morning will include brief talks, discussion and periods of silent practice.


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Matthew Brensilver PhD, 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 and teaches at Against the Stream. He is currently in the Spirit Rock/IMS teacher training program and regularly teaches at Spirit Rock and the Insight Retreat Center.


This will be held at Against the Stream San Francisco
2701 Folsom Street 415.695.2864