Meditation Retreat, June 12, Des Moines, IA

Meditation Friends: I'll be teaching a meditation retreat from 8:30 to 4:30, Saturday, June 12, 2010, at the Friends Meeting House on the NW corner of 42nd and Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA. The flier with more information appears below.

Please register only if you can participate for the full day, so that all retreatants might experience the benefit that comes from sharing sustained meditation practice with a group that stays together the whole day. New and experienced meditators are welcome. Please share this announcement with others who may be interested.

To register, email or call (515) 255-8398 and leave your (1) name, (2) phone number, and (3) email address. Email or call me if you would like additional information. Peace, Charlie


When: Saturday, June 12, 2010, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

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

Teacher: 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. Buddha, he feels, would be considered the founder of psychology, not a religion, if science had been more developed 2600 years ago. Charlie teaches classes, sitting groups, retreats, and guides individuals in their practice.

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. Paul Lambakis will lead a lovingkindness meditation and provide cushion-sitting instructions. 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 traditionally lead retreats at no cost because they regard Buddha's teachings as priceless. Instead, they gratefully accept donations or Dana, the Pali word for generosity. Dana is a totally voluntary way of expressing your generosity to the teacher.

Register: Leave your name, phone number, and email at or (515) 255-8398. Please 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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