Kyoto, Japan: Adventures in Deep Buddhism
Sep
15
to Sep 16

Kyoto, Japan: Adventures in Deep Buddhism

This year we’re working on making more of the Japan events accessible also to those coming from outside of Japan. If you’re thinking of attending this retreat and you live outside of Japan, take a look at this travel planning support sheet. Also, for specific questions please contact local sangha event coordinator Beatrice, contact info is inside the support sheet.


Adventures in Deep Buddhism at the Myoshin-ji Temple

2-Day Workshop at Myonshin-ji temple: Be Yourself: Wake Up to your Precious Life

Sunday, Sept 15 - 10:30-4:30 & Monday, Sept 16 10:30-4:30

DAY 1 Be Yourself: Your are Unique, You are Beautiful

The first day will be about recognizing, deepening and celebrating the uniqueness of you. We will explore:

・How to cultivate the freedom to be yourself,

・How to live our unique precious life and be a harmonious part of the great whole,

・How to respect our uniqueness and differences and transform our feelings of loneliness into solitude, fusion into belonging.

DAY 2 Be Yourself: Express your Talents and Offer them to the World

The second day will be about reconnecting to our aspirations, gifts and talents and offer them to our communities and society. We will ask ourselves:

・How to recognize and enhance our inherent qualities, our natural abilities,

・How can we vision our life purpose and put our talents into work,

・What can we offer to heal our communities and society with wisdom and compassion,

・How to transform the seeds of doubts that hold us back from realizing our deepest aspirations.

* The workshop will be conducted in English with Japanese translation.

Investment

EARLY BIRD (until August 15th)

2-Day Ticket $235 USD

One-Day Ticket $127 USD

REGULAR (from August 16th)

2-Day Ticket $263 USD

One-Day Ticket $141 USD

Information and Registration

Inquiries: smile@kyotomindfulness.org

Larry’s Love Poem To Kyoto:

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Kyoto, Japan: The 4 Gates of Mindfulness Retreat
Sep
21
to Sep 23

Kyoto, Japan: The 4 Gates of Mindfulness Retreat

The Four Gates of Mindfulness Retreat at Kansai Seminar House

Saturday, September 21st - Monday, September 23rd

In many Buddhist Temple designs, there are gates you enter to get to the heart of the temple. These gates represent thresholds you must pass through to arrive at new beginnings. Each gate is a symbol and a spiritual invitation to go into deeper levels of practice, awakening to meet the Buddha within. This retreat introduces participants to the journey through each gate. It is a journey of unbinding karma, recognizing its release, and embodying the experience of liberation. During this retreat participants will learn ways of unbinding karma and generating a practice life that empowers individual and collective healing, transformation and liberation. 

In English with Japanese Translation

Investment

VERY EARLY BIRD (until August 15th

North Wing $558 USD

South Wing $582 USD

Commuter $464 USD

EARLY BIRD (from August 16th to September 6th

North Wing $586 USD

South Wing $610 USD

Commuter $492 USD

REGULAR (from September 7th)

North Wing $615 USD

South Wing $638 USD

Commuter $521 USD

Information and Registration

Inquiries: smile@kyotomindfulness.org

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Oakand, CA Public Talk- America's Racial Karma: A spiritual perspective on race and justice in America
Oct
5
2:00 PM14:00

Oakand, CA Public Talk- America's Racial Karma: A spiritual perspective on race and justice in America

Join us for an afternoon with senior Dharma Teacher Larry Ward. The event is by donation. No prior meditation knowledge is needed, beginners are welcome. Participate to the degree you are comfortable and able.

LOCATION

480 42nd Street (cohousing space)

Oakland, CA

(near Macarthur BART)

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Philadelphia, PA-  Ancestry in Progress; Cultivating The Bridge Between Our Past, Present and Future
Oct
25
to Oct 27

Philadelphia, PA- Ancestry in Progress; Cultivating The Bridge Between Our Past, Present and Future

  • Chamounix - West Fairmount Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In Collaboration with Many Faces Sangha

Given the Fall date of our retreat, Many Faces chose the theme of Ancestry in Progress to reflect the seasonal practices of connecting with the past, our ancestors and also the transformation of our environment into a winter time of reflection.

Many Faces Shares: “As the daylight hours become shorter, the weather cools, and animals begin to hibernate we felt that an October retreat was a perfect time to practice transformation through intentionally cultivating a bridge between the past, present and future in both a literal and figurative sense. The term Ancestry in Progress originates from a Zap mama (Afro-Belgian vocalist) album describing her practice of incorporating her families’ past history with West African slavery to her contemporary travels around the world and in particular African-American contemporary soul and hip hop vocalists. We thought this was a fitting theme for our retreat as we incorporate mindfulness-based activities and aesthetics that support this process. As Many Faces Sangha continues to build a robust mindfulness community, we have found that there is a great need for spaces of retreat to deepen our collective practice. Many Faces Sangha seeks to fill that need by creating and facilitating our first weekend long retreat at the historic Chamounix Mansion in Philadelphia, PA. Nestled in the woods of the Wissahickon, this hostel is one of the few places within city limits to hold a residential retreat.

During the weekend of October 25th to the 27th, we will create space for diverse and marginalized communities to deepen their practice through meditation, dharma talks led by Dr. Larry Ward and Dr. Peggy Rowe Ward and mindful art practices that connect with our theme of ancestry and healing.

The retreat will have a max of 50 participants not including staff, with a focus on centering POC, gender non-conforming/fluid folx and young practitioners on the east coast.

It won't be limited to folx who share those identities, but seeks to save space for a majority of participants in those intersections. It will be wheelchair accessible.

We are so grateful for the work and inspiration of ARISE in shaping our thinking/being/doing.

REGISTRATION/APPLICATION COMING SOON!

DONATE TO THE SCHOLARSHIP FUND:

If you’d like to donate to the scholarship fund to make this retreat accessible to as many people as possible, please do so below, thank you!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota: The Rise of Maitreya Buddha: Day of Mindfulness
Nov
10
9:00 AM09:00

Minneapolis, Minnesota: The Rise of Maitreya Buddha: Day of Mindfulness

A deep dive with The Bodhisattva Maitreya; the manifestation of Loving Kindness. The manifestation of loving kindness is more urgent now than ever in our thinking, speech and action. Come to an empowering experience participate in the cultivation of loving kindness, the elixir of Beloved Community. But we can transcend a culture of fear in relating to ourselves and one another. Come explore how the quality of our lives depends on deepening our potentials of listening, connecting and imagination through the deep practices of loving kindness.  We will also offer a transmission ceremony for the Five Mindfulness Trainings in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh

Hosted by Blooming Heart Sangha

More details and registration soon…

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San Diego Area, CA: Honoring The Bodhisattva Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King
Jan
17
to Jan 18

San Diego Area, CA: Honoring The Bodhisattva Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King

Save the Dates!

Honoring The Bodhisattva* Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr at Vista Buddhist Temple, Vista, California

*A bodhisattva is an individual committed to the enlightenment of all sentient beings, without discrimination.

Friday, January 17, 2019- America’s Racial Karma, a public talk with senior dharma teacher, Dr. Larry Ward 6:30pm

Saturday, January 18, 2019-A Day of Mindfulness for Self-Identified People of Color: Healing, Tenderness, and Rejuvenation, 9:00-4:00

How do we cultivate the muscle of radical imagination to dream together beyond fear? Who teaches us to reconstruct? We need to move from competitive ideation, to collective ideation, collaborative ideation, It isn’t about having the number one best idea, but having ideas that come from, and work, for more people.

-adrienne maree brown

More details and Registration coming soon!

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Estes Park, Colorado Bodhisattva Wisdom School: Maitreya Buddha
Apr
4
to Apr 8

Estes Park, Colorado Bodhisattva Wisdom School: Maitreya Buddha

THIS RETREAT IS FULL

A five day residential retreat with dharma teachers Dr. Peggy Rowe and Dr. Larry Ward at The YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado, hosted by The Colorado Community of Mindful Living.

The topic of the retreat is The Bodhisattva Maitreya Buddha.

Two thousand five hundred years ago, Shakyamuni Buddha proclaimed that the next Buddha will be named Maitreya, the Buddha of Love. Thich Nhat Hanh noted that Maitreya, the future Buddha, would not be an individual, but a sangha:

The Buddha, Shakyamuni, our teacher, predicted that the next Buddha would be Maitreya, the Buddha of love…. It is possible that the next Buddha will not take the form of an individual. The next Buddha may take the form of a community, a community practicing understanding and loving kindness, a community practicing mindful living. And the practice can be carried out as a group, as a city, as a nation.

-Thich Nhat Hanh

The energies and qualities of Bodhisattva Maitreya has appeared over many centuries and cultures as a Bodhisattva in Paradise; a teacher transforming confusion and suffering with fierce equanimity and a messenger of social revolution.

In this retreat, we will hear of the legend of Maitreya, we will honor her as the mother of all Buddhas, we will practice extending our kindness both near and far away. We will enrich our contemplative time together by a focus on the somatics and resilience of healing as the ground of our insight and release. The core practices we will share are noble silence, sitting, walking, eating and standing in mindful awareness.  It is our hope to create a container of safety for all who attend so that our seeds of beloved community can grow deeper with more vibrancy and strength of kindness.

The manifestation of this ambrosia of loving kindness is more urgent now than ever. Come explore the teachings of healing, transformation and liberation of ourselves and our society.

Registration costs for room and board:

Single in Central Lodge: $702
Double in Central Lodge (2 beds): $475
Double in Eastside Lodges (2 beds): $423
Triple in Eastside Lodge (3 beds): $366
5 to a room (5 beds, including upper bunks) in Eastside Lodge: $319

Dana (donation) for the teachers is an additional suggested $25/day.

You also have the option of contributing more $ at registration towards the scholarship fund.

Scholarships are available.


A note about The Bodhisattva Wisdom School:

We stand now at a new human tipping point.  Here, the intersections of the earth’s climate changes, our personal lives and society leaving us all in a moment of great choice. In times like these wisdom schools offer teachings, activities and community experiences revitalizing the evolution of the soul and a deeper embodiment of wisdom and compassion leading to the recreation of one’s spiritual-social self.  

The Lotus School is a unique Dharma experience. Our approach is grounded in the Buddhist sutras and teachings on the Bodhisattva Path. We are here for spiritual practioners who wish to go deeper in their lived experience of the Bodhisattva Way.

Each school is committed to exploring a particular Bodhisattva” aspirations, qualities and practices.  Our design integrates knowledge, creative expression, ritual and individual and community resilience skills. Our methods are experiential, multi-disciplinary and fun.

This school is created and facilitated by The Lotus Institute in collaboration with local organizers.




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 Columbus, Ohio Bodhisattva Wisdom School- The Mind Of Milk And Honey: The Teachings Of The Diamond Sutra
Mar
27
to Mar 31

Columbus, Ohio Bodhisattva Wisdom School- The Mind Of Milk And Honey: The Teachings Of The Diamond Sutra

  • Saints Peter and Paul Retreat Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Mind Of Milk And Honey:

The Abundance Of The Bodhisattva way- The Teachings Of The Diamond Sutra

One of our only five day retreats this year, we invite you to Sts. Peter and Paul Retreat Center, east of Columbus Ohio.

Wednesday March 27 (7:00pm) to Sunday March 31 (1:00pm), 2019

Join Dharma Teachers Peggy Rowe, EdD and Larry Ward, PhD for a deep and refreshing look at the Diamond Sutra. Many of us may be familiar with the ancient Idiom of plenty. For the Bodhisattva, it is a mind free from want and yet fertile with thoughts of wisdom and compassion.

How do we cultivate this precious field of our mind’s heart?

We will nourish our deepest desire for a more sustainable, equitable and just world for generations to come. Deeper still we will recognize what our thoughts, words and deeds can offer others at this time in history.

Register Here (Spaces are filling up fast!)

Contact support at thelotusinstitute dot org with questions.


A note about The Bodhisattva Wisdom School:

We stand now at a new human tipping point.  Here, the intersections of the earth’s climate changes, our personal lives and society leaving us all in a moment of great choice. In times like these wisdom schools offer teachings, activities and community experiences revitalizing the evolution of the soul and a deeper embodiment of wisdom and compassion leading to the recreation of one’s spiritual-social self.  

The Lotus School is a unique Dharma experience. Our approach is grounded in the Buddhist sutras and teachings on the Bodhisattva Path. We are here for spiritual practioners who wish to go deeper in their lived experience of the Bodhisattva Way.

Each school is committed to exploring a particular Bodhisattva” aspirations, qualities and practices.  Our design integrates knowledge, creative expression, ritual and individual and community resilience skills. Our methods are experiential, multi-disciplinary and fun.

This school is created and facilitated by The Lotus Institute in collaboration with local organizers.

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Mexico City Bodhi Wisdom School: The Medicine Buddha, A Life of Brilliant Light
Feb
1
to Feb 5

Mexico City Bodhi Wisdom School: The Medicine Buddha, A Life of Brilliant Light

The Bodhisattva Wisdom School: A Life of Brilliant Light

Join senior Dharma Teachers Peggy Rowe, EdD and Larry Ward, PhD for the second Bodhi Wisdom School in Mexico, February 1-5, 2019. In this gathering we will explore a contemporary understanding of the 12 aspirations of The Medicine Buddha. Our aim is to quicken deep healing powers in care of ourselves and our societies. We will explore the skills needed to embody and live a life post-trauma. We will cultivate our ideal of serving living beings as the energies of The Bodhisattva of peaceful and powerful healing radiance is recognized within and honored in a community gathered.

The retreat will start the evening of Friday, February 1st and end before lunch on Tuesday, November 5th. The retreat room and board costs includes vegetarian meals for USD $300.00. Single rooms are no extra charge so you can let us know if you'd prefer a single or double room. 

Peggy and Larry follow a long tradition of offering the Buddha’s teachings without charge, as these teachings are priceless. As part of this tradition those receiving the teachings support the teacher. Therefore we ask that you also please consider making a donation at the retreat according to your means and the value you feel you have received. Suggested Dana is $25 per day or $200 for the retreat and may be paid by cash or check on-site, or via paypal to The Lotus Institute using the link below. Opportunity for Dana or contributions to teachers is welcome but not expected. 

TO MAKE YOUR DANA CONTRIBUTION NOW:

Travel: 

There are buses that run regularly from the Mexico City Airport to Cuernavaca, the line is Pullman de Morelos, it takes less the 90 minutes, and the cost is MXN 250.- (US $13!). From the bus terminal Casino de la Selva in Cuernavaca a taxi brings you to the Monasterio Benedictino in Ahuatepec.  *Note, past retreat participants report that travel was very easy, reliable and straightforward coming from the airpost! 

Registration:

Please email peggy at thelotusinstitute dot org to register and click the button below for payment. We can provide more detailed instructions after registration. Thank you! 

TO REGISTER:

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   Oklahoma City Retreat- The Four Gates of Mindfulness
Nov
30
to Dec 2

Oklahoma City Retreat- The Four Gates of Mindfulness

November 30 – December 2, 2018

6:00pm dinner Friday through Sunday lunch St. Crispin’s Conference Center

Join Dharma teachers Larry Ward and Peggy Rowe for a deeper journey through the Path of Mindfulness. We will open the Four Gates of Mindfulness: the gate of the body, the gate of the mind, the gate of release and the gate of consequence. These gates offer us awakening, healing, transformation and liberation.

We’ll practice mindfulness together, enjoying our breath, our steps and our smiles. We’ll enjoy mindful eating, noble silence, sharing, deep relaxation, sitting and walking meditation. There will be talks and exercises to deepen our understanding of how to embody awakened love in our daily lives.

Come join us as we refresh our bodies, hearts, and minds!

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: OCT. 1st

6 Vegetarian meals, two nights lodging, and all materials are furnished

Cost: $350 (double occupancy room) Private rooms available for an extra $40 Some partial scholarships available

Please reserve your space by mailing the form here with your $50 deposit

Sponsored by The Silence Foundation with Prairie Wind Sangha ... in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh Registrar Pat Webb patwebb100@gmail.com * (405) 209-7117

Our Teachers Larry Ward and Peggy Rowe have come to Oklahoma annually for 16 years and we love them! They now live in Santa Fe. In 1994 Peggy and Larry received Dharma Teacher Transmission from Venerable Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Larry has a PhD in Religious Studies with an emphasis on Buddhism and is also a Christian Minister. Peggy Rowe, EdD, has degrees in Adult Education and Counseling Psychology. She and Larry offer retreats in the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico and Asia. Peggy serves as a spiritual director for Buddhist practitioners in the US and Thailand. She and Larry co-authored Love's Garden: A Guide to Mindful Relationships, chosen as an outstanding Buddhist publication for 2010.

Our Venue is St. Crispin’s Conference Center located an hour east of Oklahoma City on Highway 9 near Wewoka. The center is on 450 acres of rolling oak-covered hills in Seminole county. Quiet trails and clear lakes, wooded grounds; comfortable lodging and excellent vegetarian meals will contribute to our retreat. Their website: www.stcrispins.epiok.org.

This is a residential retreat. Please register with a $50 deposit by Oct. 1st. You will receive a welcome letter with what to bring a week in advance. Note: Some partial scholarships are available. For more information or special needs, please contact Pat.

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Remembering, Honoring and Celebrating with our Ancestors, Mexico
Nov
1
to Nov 4

Remembering, Honoring and Celebrating with our Ancestors, Mexico

November 1- 4

Let’s share the traditional retreat of the Feast of the Dead, organized by the Comunidad de Plena Consciencia (Mindfulness Community, Mexico). You are invited to meditate on the present moment, connect deeply with your roots, and by the hand of our ancestors, to become calm, to transform and to heal, and to begin again fresh and renewed.

You are invited to a time of deep practice, deep looking and deep humanity in the spirit of our precious earthliness. Everyone can bring something for the altar written in big letters.

We will explore Thich Nhat Hanh’s last talk before his stroke. We will nourish our happiness and insight as we touch the 8 manifestations of our bodies. We will touch the profound nature of reality both individually and collectively. We will ask ourselves why this matters to our lived experience of mindfulness.  We will enjoy ways of Mexican indigenous wisdom and ceremony as we come home to our precious lives.

The retreat will start the evening of Thursday, November 1st and end before lunch on Sunday, November 4th. The retreat room and board costs includes 3 nights and vegetarian meals for only USD $200.00. Single rooms are no extra charge so you can let us know if you'd prefer a single or double room. 

Peggy and Larry follow a long tradition of offering the Buddha’s teachings without charge, as these teachings are priceless. As part of this tradition those receiving the teachings support the teacher. Therefore we ask that you also please consider making a donation at the retreat according to your means and the value you feel you have received. Suggested Dana is $25 per day or $175 for the retreat and may be paid by cash or check on-site, or via paypal to The Lotus Institute using the link below. Opportunity for Dana or contributions to teachers is welcome but not expected. 

TO MAKE YOUR DANA CONTRIBUTION NOW: 

Travel: 

There are buses that run regularly from the Mexico City Airport to Cuernavaca, the line is Pullman de Morelos, it takes less the 90 minutes, and the cost is MXN 250.- (US $13!). From the bus terminal Casino de la Selva in Cuernavaca a taxi brings you to the Monasterio Benedictino in Ahuatepec.  *Note, past retreat participants report that travel was very easy, reliable and straightforward coming from the airpost! 

Registration:

Please email peggy at thelotusinstitute dot org to register and click the button below for payment. We can provide more detailed instructions after registration. Thank you! 

TO REGISTER:

 

 

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Public Talk- America's Racial Karma: A spiritual perspective on race and justice in America.
Oct
25
7:30 PM19:30

Public Talk- America's Racial Karma: A spiritual perspective on race and justice in America.

Join Many Faces Sangha for an evening with senior Dharma Teacher Larry Ward. Our group will offer sitting and walking meditation, and then a dharma talk from Larry.  The event is by donation; donations will be accepted both for the teacher and for Studio 34 who is providing complimentary space.

No prior meditation knowledge is needed, beginners are welcome. Participate to the degree you are comfortable and able.

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Retreat and Workshops in Kyoto, Japan
Sep
28
to Oct 8

Retreat and Workshops in Kyoto, Japan

Larry and Peggy will be returning to Japan for a retreat and series of workshops. You are welcome to join them. The retreat and workshops will be conducted in English with Japanese translation.

Following the retreat in 2017, this is the second retreat Larry and Peggy will conduct in Japan.  “ Enlarging the Circle of Mindful Relationships “ has been chosen as a main theme for the  2018 events. 

The organization of these events has been made possible through a collaboration between:

  • Kyoto Mindfulness Center, 
  • Biwako Sangha, 
  • Kyoto Sangha,
  • Wind of Smile Sangha (Tokyo)

RETREAT: “Seeing with Eyes of Compassion” 

Friday, Sept 28 3:00PM - Sunday, Sept 30 4:00PM

2 Nights / 3 Days Residential Retreat (Kyoto, Sakyo-ku)

This retreat invites us to deepen our understanding and embodiment of compassion.

We will enhance our skillfulness in loving and understanding ourselves and others. Because loving and understanding ourselves and others is essential in order to cultivate mindful relationships in our family, workplace and local community and to see the world around us with the eyes of compassion.

This retreat is an opportunity to take time for ourselves, step back from our busy daily life and practice the art of mindful living together. There will be alternating periods of mindfulness practices, periods of rest and silence, and times for lectures, group activities and sharing.

Whether your intention is to explore mindfulness for the first time or deepen your practice, don’t miss this opportunity to meet with two amazing Plum Village Dharma Teachers.


WORKSHOP FOR EDUCATORS: “Mindfulness in the Classroom and Beyond”

Saturday, Oct 6 | 10:00AM - 4:00PM | 

Day of Mindfulness for Educators (Tokyo University, Hongo Campus)


One-Day Retreat at Myōshin-ji zen temple (Kyoto, Ukyō-ku): Growing our Heart as Wide as the World

Monday, Oct 8 | 10:00AM - 5:00PM | 
 


For questions or help with registration please send an e-mail to smile at kyotomindfulness dot org 

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