At Home Retreat: The Four Noble Truths
with DaeJa Napier
April 21-26, 2021
The Four Noble Truths are the core essential teachings of the Buddha. They inspire a full engagement with life in ways that open the heart and turn the mind towards a deeper understanding of suffering and its role in cultivating wisdom, compassion, love and the joy – qualities of an awakening mind.
The teachings of these Truths illuminate and guide us along the path of insight, love and liberation. Along the way, they provide clarity that dispels confusion and inform a way of being with life that makes sense of this existence, while promoting happiness.
While together, during this dharma study and practice retreat, we will use the Four Noble Truths as dharma mirrors of our experience. The Four Noble Truths are: 1. the Truth of suffering, 2. the Truth of the cause of suffering, 3. the Truth of the end of suffering, 4. the Truth of the path that leads to the end of suffering – or more simply put, suffering exists, it has a cause, it has an end, and it has a cause to bring about its end.
Guardians of the Heart:
Insight Meditation & the Sublime Abodes
with DaeJa Napier
Oct 2-9, 2021
”If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.” Buddha
Through the practice of Insight Meditation (vipassana), we begin to see deeply into the miracle of our own human mind and body process, As a result, our whole life begins to change in ways that guide our responses to ourselves and others with increasing insight and love.
The four sublime states (brahma-viharas) are natural expressions of an awakening heart. They are loving-kindness (metta), compassion (karuna), appreciative-joy (mudita) and equanimity (upekkha). These mind and heart liberating teachings, attitudes and practices function as guardians and protectors – while supporting the greater good in each moment.
As antidotes to fear (anxiety), aversion (judgment and ill-will) and clinging (attachment) – they bring increasing balance, ease, trust and fluidity to the way we respond to the “ten thousand joys and ten thousand sorrows” that come and go throughout this precious existence.