Taking a fresh look at the Buddha’s teaching on ending suffering, this half-day, online retreat focuses on the Bahiya scripture and explores how, in its deepest sense, the Buddhadharma is a message of love. It is the love that shines from the heart of Bahiya, that is ultimate fruit of the Buddha’s words, and which is reflected in our own true nature. This is the end of suffering. The retreat will include a dharma talk, inquiry practice to uncover our inherently loving nature, walking meditation, and group discussion.
The registration fee is a sliding scale $10/$20/or $30. No one will be turned away from the retreat due to lack of funds. Register here.
Susan Stone, Ph.D., is a senior teacher at the Insight Meditation Community of Charlottesville (www.imeditation.org). She taught Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at the University of Virginia for 17 years, and has led retreats in a multi-state area. Susan has lived in Zen and Theravadan monasteries and is a Zen lay priest.
In addition to articles on mindfulness, Susan is author of At the Eleventh Hour; Caring for My Dying Mother, a memoir of mindfulness and caregiving; and The Sati Trilogy, novels situated in the Buddha’s time, available on Amazon. Tara Brach commented on the first novel in the series, calling it “a terrific read,” and Stephen Bachelor called it “brilliantly done.”
Susan graduated from the Community Dharma Leaders Program at Spirit Rock, has taught mindfulness in middle schools and at men’s and women’s prisons, and is a Reiki master who has worked with AIDS patients. She is passionate about sharing mindfulness practices and nondual teachings and about the intrinsic connection between them.