Our Spring weekend retreat will take place on April 14-16, 2017. We welcome Seattle Insight Meditation Society co-teacher Tuere Sala to facilitate the retreat, entitled, “URBAN PRACTICE: Awakening Within Our Everyday Life Experiences”:
Often, we talk about our everyday difficulties as the problems and limitations to awakening. We wait until we can go on retreat to surrender and connect to a deeper stillness only to lose connection with it within days, or sometimes hours, after leaving the retreat center.
In reality, we do not awaken outside of our difficulties nor in spite of them. We awaken within the difficulties and challenges of our everyday life experiences. What if the difficulties you go through in life had a nobler purpose? What would your practice look like if you knew you could only find liberation of the mind within the naturally arising causes and conditions of an ordinary life? What if suffering truly was the key to freedom?
This is the gift of the Four Noble Truths. They are more than intellectual truths. They are the foundation of our practice. The more we work with them, the more we can see them as the key, the map, the guideposts, to happiness and joy. This weekend we will explore the intersection between living the Path and living in samsara.
The free Friday night talk will center around how practice is a refuge that enables us to turn towards the difficult, not an excuse to avoid them, and how the Four Noble Truths allow us to hold the wisdom of ultimate reality while living in relative reality.
Over the weekend, we will look at the Four Noble Truths and how they help us live a simpler life rooted in wisdom and compassion. The day will consist of meditation (with instructions), walking/reflective period, and Dhamma talks. Group interviews will be offered for those interested.
All sessions take place at the Port Townsend Yacht Club. The Friday Night Talk (7pm) is open to the public (no registration required) and the weekend retreat (Saturday, 9am – 5pm & Sunday, 9am – 4pm) costs $30, with the opportunity to offer dana for the teachings. Please register below or by email.
Tuere Sala is a retired prosecuting attorney who has practiced Vipassana meditation for over 25 years. She has been an active member and volunteer at Seattle Insight since 2001. In 2009, she was appointed to be a Local Dharma Leader.
Tuere believes that urban meditation is the foundation for today’s practitioner’s path to liberation. She is inspired by bringing the Dharma to nontraditional places and is a strong advocate for practitioners living with high stress, past trauma and difficulties sitting still. Her teachings reflect an approach to Dharma that is both easy to follow and understand – making it accessible to everyone.