Meeting Daily Life with Awareness
Exploring the Roots of Conflict in Our Hearts and in the World
It is nearly impossible to avoid conflict in today's world—and our tendency toward hostility and discord hasn't changed much over the millennia. In ancient India, the Buddha came to realize that the underlying cause of conflict is, in fact, a thorn lodged deeply within our own heart and mind. During this retreat we will explore the historical Buddha's teachings on how to dislodge that thorn. We'll explore his advice for dealing with conflict, fear, pain, and violence, and discover our innate capacity to live together peacefully.
During the weekend, there will be alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, and time for questions. Also each participant will have the opportunity to have a conference with one of the teachers to explore how the retreat is going and how their meditation practice is unfolding in their life.
FREE Public Talk
Friday, September 22—7:00 p.m.
Vipassana Meditation Retreat
Saturday, Sept.23: 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 24: 8:30 a.m.-noon
NOTE: Please bring a vegetarian sack lunch on Saturday.
Location for both talk and retreat: EBS Meditation Hall
Retreat cost: There is a sliding scale based on ability to pay.
Minimum amount is $70. Suggested amount is $120.
Scholarships: To request a scholarship, please email EBSRetreat@gmail.com.
If paying by check, please make your check out to the Ecumenical Buddhist Society and indicate Vipassana Retreat. Mail your payment to:
Ecumenical Buddhist Society
ATTN: Vipassana Retreat
PO Box 561, Little Rock, AR 72203
About the Teachers:
Terry Furstenau has been a member of the Show Me Dharma sangha since 2001 and on the teachers council since 2004. He has led Insight Dialogue and Dharma Contemplation groups for the sangha. His teachings reflect retreat experience and study with Eastern and Western Vipassana teachers, Advaita Vedanta, Dzogchen, Insight Dialogue and the non-dual teachings of Adyashanti, Richard Miller and Matt Flickstein.
Joe McCormack has practice insight meditation since 1995. He has been a member of the Show Me Dharma Teachers Council since 2002. Joe leads an insight meditation group and has taught insight meditation to prison inmate since 1998. His teachers include Ginny Morgan, Phil Jones, and Matthew Flickstein. In his dharma instruction, Joe draws from Theravada Buddhist teachings, Zen and Dzogchen practice, Advaita teachings, and the Diamond Approach.