Balancing the Heart and Mind
A Weekend Retreat with B. Alan Wallace
August 10-12, 2007
Bronco Student Center, Ursa Minor
During this retreat we will explore in theory and practice two methods for meditative quiescence, or shamatha The achievement of shamatha or “settling the mind in its natural state” is widely regarded in the Buddhist tradition as an indispensable foundation for the cultivation of contemplative insight (vipashyana), and this retreat is designed to provide participants with a sufficient theoretical understanding and a basis in experience to enable them to proceed effectively toward this extraordinary state of mental and physical balance.
In addition, instruction will be offered on the cultivation of the “four immeasurables,” namely loving-kindness, compassion, empathetic joy, and equanimity. They are so called, for the development of these qualities of the heart that can break down all barriers that are created by attachment and aversion, opening our hearts boundlessly to all beings.
Lectures and guided meditations will be interspersed with periods for group discussions, focused on the practical applications of these practices in daily life.
This retreat will be valuable for college faculty and students, school teachers, business and community leaders, peace workers, mediators and other professionals who are interested in achieving balance and harmony in their lives.
For more information, including registration fees and details, please contact the Ahimsa Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Center Director, Tara Sethia at (909) 869-3868.