Silence and Celebration: A New Years Eve Retreat (and Party)
December 31 / 4:00 PM - December 31 / 12:00 AM
$15 suggested donation plus $10 to cover the cost of the meal ($25 total)
If you have been meaning to meditate more this year — or to learn to meditate — it’s not too late! Everyone is welcome to join in this mini-retreat as we transition from the old year to the new. Come for the entire evening (or for any part of it) to meditate and celebrate with old friends and to make new ones.
Meditation instruction is available at all times during the program.
We also will be showing a DVD of a talk given by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche to an assembly of over 900 people in the historic Grace Cathedral in San Francisco earlier this year. In this talk, "Creating Enlightened Society," he introduced the Shambhala teachings on basic goodness and enlightened society. In pointing out how our innermost feelings about who we are have an impact on society, the Sakyong stressed the importance of self-reflecting on our human nature:
That moment when we get up in the morning, that split-second decision about how we feel about ourselves, is really inexpressible. That moment of self-reflection and how we value our own existence has a dynamic and powerful consequence on how we treat ourselves—and especially now, in terms of society, how we treat others.
Registering for this event is of great benefit to the coordinators—especially if you plan to attend the celebration dinner portion of the evening. If you are joining us for the community meal, this can be indicated in the comment section of the registration page. Note that there is a $15 suggested donation to help cover the cost of the dinner.
4-5pm – Meditation Session*
5-6pm - "Creating Enlightened Society" - first viewing
6-7pm - Meditation Session*
7-9pm – Celebratory Community Dinner
9-10pm - "Creating Enlightened Society" - second viewing
10pm - 12:00am – Meditation Session*
*Includes walking meditation. It is not necessary to stay for the entire session; you are free to come and go at any time.
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