Wednesday, June 3, 2009

All Day Meditation Retreat

If you'll be in or around Des Moines on June 27th, I hope you'll spend the day with the Des Moines Meditation and Mindfulness Group in an all day meditation. It will consist of alternating sitting and walking meditation, as well as a vegetarian lunch and an afternoon dharma talk. The day is held in noble silence. There is no charge, but donations (dana) are accepted. Here are all the details. Hope to see you then.

When: Saturday, June 27, 2009 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

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

Teachers: Charlie Day is a retired psychologist who has studied meditation and Buddhism for over 40 years in the US, India, and Thailand. He teaches meditation as a self-help and spiritual growth technique and Buddhism as a way of living and philosophy compatible with all religions. Charlie teaches classes, sitting groups, retreats, and guides individuals in their practice. Paul Lambakis, a social worker in private practice, will lead a lovingkindness meditation and give instructions for sitting on cushions.

Retreat: Sponsored by the Des Moines Meditation & Mindfulness Group, this retreat is open to new and experienced meditators. It includes instructions for the sitting, walking, and eating meditations, handouts, and a talk. Lunch is provided. Bring a cushion, mat, or meditation bench if you have them. Chairs and a few floor cushions are available. Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothes. Please do not wear scented lotions or perfumes because some persons may be allergic to them.

Donation: Teachers express their generosity by leading retreats at no cost. They consider Buddha's teachings priceless. Instead, they gratefully accept donations or Dana, the Pali word for generosity. Dana is a voluntary way of expressing your generosity to the teacher and supporting the continuation of the teachings.

Register: Leave your name, phone number, and email at charlesday1@mchsi.com or (515) 255-8398. Register only if you can attend the entire day. Call or email for more information. Feel free to share and post this flier.

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