Jewish Buddhist Retreat
Cultivating a Heart of Gratitude
Led by Rabbi Miriam Margles and Shoken Michael Stone
Is gratitude a feeling? An orientation? A practice? What practices enable us to grow our awareness and appreciation of the blessings that fill our lives? What obstacles block our ability to meet every experience with thankfulness? Can we cultivate a sense of gratitude even in the face of challenge or pain?
During this weekend residential retreat we will delve into Jewish and Buddhist teachings and practices that cultivate an orientation of gratitude to all the experiences of our lives.
The retreat will combine seated and walking meditation; Buddhist chanting; contemplative Jewish prayer; learning from Buddhist and Jewish sources; a joyful celebration of Shabbat and creative Shabbat morning Torah service; meetings with teachers; opportunities to ask questions; 3 vegetarian meals daily and mindful eating practice.
For segments of the retreat, we will maintain social silence, with participants refraining from speaking to each other. This creates the opportunity to turn our focus inward, paying gentle attention to our habits of thought and reaction, and exploring more intentional and insightful alternatives.
No previous meditation experience or Jewish knowledge required. Everyone is warmly welcome.
Fee: $467.50 includes: accommodation, vegetarian meals, parking, administration, and teacher stipend. Dana (donation), the ancient Buddhist practice of generosity, is offered to teachers at the end of the retreat.
For more information, contact: JewishBuddhistRetreat@gmail.com.
Shoken Michael Stone is a Buddhist teacher and founder of Centre of Gravity, where committed formal Buddhist practice intersects with modern urban life. Through mindfulness, yoga, retreats and group study, he offers practical ways for people to integrate personal development with engagement in the world.
Sponsored by Ottawa's Jewish Reconstructionist Community, Or Haneshamah