Meditation Retreat in the Prairie
August 28 -30, 2015
Starting at 6:00 PM on Friday evening, ending 12:00 noon on Sunday.
Vance Baker’s place 4.5 miles from Ferryville Wisconsin on county road C. Located in SW Wisconsin, 35 miles north of Prairie du Chein, 12 miles west of Soldiers Grove. This is a beautiful prairie restoration, a work of boundless energy and love, surrounded by mature forests. There is abundant camping on land. For other lodging possibilities, contact Jeanne or Vance. If you plan to stay off the land please make reservations early as the lodging fills quickly as summer approaches. Vegetarian Meals are brought to share by participants, and rota (meal preparation and cleanup) is shared by all participants.
Title: Bodhichitta and the Path of Awareness
This retreat will feature sitting and walking meditation, sharing in small groups, and discussion of passages from a classic book, The Way of the Bodhisattva by Shantideva. This book teaches how to cultivate “bodhichitta”: the heartfelt yearning to free oneself from the pain of ignorance and habitual patterns in order to help others do the same. By reflecting on Shantideva’s verses, and enjoying long periods of meditation, we can refresh our understanding of pain, ignorance and compassion as touchstones on the Buddhist path.
The retreat begins with dinner on Friday and ends after lunch on Sunday. From breakfast on Saturday until lunch on Sunday, let us maintain noble silence. Please bring your own meditation cushions and, to protect them from the dew, a waterproof ground-covering.
Paul Brodwin will be the teacher. Paul is a longtime practitioner and skilled teacher with the Mindfulness Community of Milwaukee, a Buddhist sangha in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh.
This is the fifth annual summer retreat, sponsored by the Buddhist study group (Gathering Waters Sangha) at the First Unitarian Society.
Contact Jeanne Lowry to register and for more information. Jeanne will coordinate meals. No cost, but a Dana offering will be appreciated.
firstname.lastname@example.org for Vance Baker, (608) 734-3809