SMS Depth Dharma: Coming to Our Senses, a two half-daylong retreat

This retreat is an offering of Sacred Mountain Sangha for the benefit of all beings. We ask those who are able to contribute at the highest level that they can afford, as this directly supports SMS, our teachers, fellow sangha members, and our ability to present the teachings for everyone. SMS recognizes the many forms of dana, including the generosity of one’s presence and participation in study and practice as a sangha.

For individuals who wish to make a financial dana offering, you may do so below or at the time of this event.

*The suggested dana range for this event is $50–$150.00. All donations above the base suggested amount are fully tax-deductible. For those who do not wish to contribute at this time, please enter the number “0″ in the field below to receive your Zoom link and event details.

SMS Depth Dharma: Coming to Our Senses, a two half-daylong retreat

A Two Half-Day Online Retreat with Sumedha

“Bhikkhus, all is burning. And what is the all that is burning?

The eye is burning, forms are burning, eye-consciousness is burning, eye-contact is burning, also whatever is felt as pleasant or painful or neither-painful-nor-pleasant that arises with eye-contact for its indispensable condition, that too is burning. Burning with what? Burning with the fire of lust, with the fire of hate, with the fire of delusion. I say it is burning with birth, aging and death, with sorrows, with lamentations, with pains, with griefs, with despairs.” – Adittapariyaya Sutta: The Fire Sermon

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In this clip, Sumedha reflects on the Buddha touching the Earth, and his pivotal sense-memory of sitting under the rose apple tree.

As the Buddha called on the earth as his witness to awakening, to help him hold steady in the face of delusion, so we can call forth our embodied resources.

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In one of the very well-known early teachings of the Buddha (the Fire Sermon), it is said that our sense doors of eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, and mind are burning—burning with what?—burning with the fires of greed, hatred, and delusion.

This is a very strong image, but one that, in many aspects of western consumerist societies and attitudes, we can very much see at play. We can also experience, personally and globally, the harm that it causes.

And yet, it is far from the only option. The Buddha also powerfully encouraged embodied practice.

Profoundly woven through the teachings is the invitation to explore how we relate to our body and our senses, including the mind. To learn to listen to and engage with our embodied nature is to open into a very deep possibility—that of deepening into a way of listening, learning, and authenticity that takes us beyond simple grasping and aversion and beyond the harm we can cause when caught in those extremes. Steadiness, clarity, spaciousness, a sense of interconnection, and insight—new ways of seeing—are some of the myriad possibilities that coming to our senses in a conscious way can hold.

With careful and loving attention, the senses can become doorways through which we both taste and honor life more clearly, unseating the delusions that can take hold without this careful attention. This evokes and implies a deep transformation of our perspective and being.

In this weekend of two half-day retreats, we will explore these themes and practice together.
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ABOUT THIS OFFERING:

DATES: Saturday, June 22nd & Sunday, June 23rd (half-daylong each day)
TIME: 9.00am – 12.30pm PT (Saturday & Sunday)
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PLATFORM: Virtual (Zoom)

Everyone is warmly invited to join for all of part of this retreat.

There will be periods of chanting, meditation, dharma reflections, dedications, and sacred practice.

*All levels of experience are welcome.

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DANA:

This offering is shared by Sacred Mountain Sangha for the benefit of all beings. We ask those who are able to contribute to do so at the highest level that they can afford, as this directly supports our ability to make the teachings and these events available for everyone.

SMS recognizes the many forms of dana, including the generosity of one’s presence and participation in study and practice as a sangha.

Your presence is a beautiful expression of dana!

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SUMEDHA

Sumedha is a dharma teacher and a former monastic who studied comparative religion at Manchester University. After an early encounter with the Ajahn Chah and the Thai Forest tradition, she was inspired to ordain at Amaravati Buddhist Monastery. She spent 10 years as a monastic before returning to lay life as the natural progression of her practice led her to teach and explore how we all can bring awareness to our own hearts, environment, and each other.

Sumedha is a former dharma teacher and co-founder at Ekuthuleni Eco-Dharma Center in the French Pyrenees and continues to teach in France and Europe, including at Gaia House Buddhist Meditation Center in the UK.

She is a member of the core teaching team at Sacred Mountain Sangha.

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Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email with the event Zoom link and details.

If you have any questions about your registration or the event, please email info@sacredmountainsangha.org.