A Weekend of Mindfulness

The Sustaining Power of Mindfulness
In the tradition of Zen Teacher Thich Nhat Hanh
Hosted by Detroit Lotus Sangha
April 24-25, 2010
Ferndale, MI

Enjoy two days of mindfulness practice in the tradition of Zen Teacher Thich Nhat Hanh, led by Dharma Teacher Cheri Maples, of Madison, WI.

This retreat is an opportunity to rediscover the resiliency of the human spirit. For many, feeling overwhelmed and stressed has become all too common. Balance of heart and mind are key to sustaining ourselves, especially in the face of daily challenges. Through the practice of meditation, three essential skills that cultivate balance are developed – concentration, mindfulness and compassion. This retreat will emphasize these skills and move us towards deeper care, both for ourselves and for others. It is suitable for both beginning and more experienced meditators and practitioners.

The weekend will include sitting and walking meditation, talks on mindfulness practice, discussion of meditation and mindfulness practice, silent meals, formal transmission of the Five Mindfulness Trainings, and other activities. Instructions on how to meditate will be provided. Please bring a meditation bench or cushion and a blanket and/or mat if desired. Folding chairs will be available.

The Five Mindfulness Trainings are central to the practice of Zen and are recommended for all practitioners, whether or not one participates in the formal transmission ceremony. A list of the trainings follows: 1.) Reverence for Life, 2.) True Happiness, 3.) True Love, 4.) Loving Speech and Deep Listening, and 5.) Nourishment and Healing. The full text of the trainings can be found at this link: The Five Mindfulness Trainings

Cheri Maples is an ordained Dharma Teacher by Zen master & peace activist. She is also a private consultant, trainer, spiritual life coach, and founder of the Center for Mindfulness & Justice. Cheri worked in the criminal justice profession for 25 years as a police officer, the Head of Probation & Parole, and an Assistant Attorney General in Wisconsin. She also has extensive experience as a community organizer and a social justice advocate. Cheri has incorporated all of these experiences into her understanding and teaching of the Dharma, and her practice of engaged Buddhism.

Retreat activities will run from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday 4/24 and from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday 4/25. Participants are welcome to attend for all or part of the retreat. Overnight accommodations are available in a large dormitory-style space for participants who bring their own sleeping bags and pillows. Some accommodations are available in the homes of Detroit Lotus Sangha members, and there are accessible local hotels in the area. Fruit, snacks, tea, and bottled water will be provided both Saturday and Sunday mornings. Saturday participants are asked to bring a dish for a potluck lunch, and a catered dinner will be served Saturday evening. Lunch will be provided on Sunday. Meals will be vegetarian.

Costs are as follows:
$50 for the entire retreat, including a catered dinner on Sat. 4/24
$30 for Saturday only, including dinner
$20 for Saturday, without dinner
$20 for Sunday only

Come and enjoy meditation with us and deepen your mindfulness practice at an accessible location in metro Detroit. Information on location, parking, and other logistics will be emailed once registration is processed.

Please register by April 18, 2010 by emailing info@detroitlotussangha.org
Checks can be mailed to:

Detroit Lotus Sangha
247 West 9 Mile Road
Ferndale, MI 48220

If you need to cancel, please do so by April 10, 2010. Payments will be refunded until that date.

Sponsored by :

Detroit Lotus Sangha
Ferndale, MI
www.detroitlotussangha.org