Saturday, March 31, 2007

Meditation and Mindfulness Retreat

When: Saturday, April 7, 2007 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Where: 4211 Grand Ave., Des Moines - Friends Meeting House on NW corner 42nd and Grand.
Park in lot off 42nd or on Ingersoll Ave.

Teacher: Charlie Day is a retired psychologist who has meditated for over 40 years. After participating in several Buddhist retreat while working in Asia, he concluded that had science been more developed 2600 years ago, Buddha would be considered the founder of psychology, not a religion. He teaches meditation as a self-help and spiritual growth technique and Buddhism as a practical way of living and philosophy compatible with all religions. Charlie teaches classes, leads sitting groups and retreats, and guides individuals in their meditation practices.

Retreat: This retreat is open to new and experienced meditators and includes instructions for the sitting, walking, lovingkindness, and meal meditations, and handouts, a talk, and lunch. Paul Lambakis will lead a lovingkindness meditation. Please plan to attend the full day to benefit from sustained group meditation practice, all instructions, and the talk.

Bring a cushion, mat, or meditation bench if you sit on the floor. Folding chairs and a few cushions are available. If you plan to sit on a chair, bring a cushion for the seat. Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothes. Please do not wear or bring scented lotions, perfumes, or incense because some persons may be allergic.

Donation: Teachers traditionally lead retreats at no cost because they regard Buddha's teachings as priceless and want to share them with all who are interested. Instead, they accept donations or Dana, the Pali word for generosity, to help support them and cover expenses. Dana is a totally voluntary way of expressing your generosity.

Register: Please register only if you can attend for the full day (8:30 – 4:30). You are registered when you leave your (1) name, (2) phone number, and (3) email with Charlie at charlesday1@mchsi.com or (515) 255-8398. Call or email for more information. Please share or post this announcement.

Don't Just Do Something, Sit There!

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