Mindfulness Practice Retreat

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Sunday 2/19/2017
2:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Program Leader
Radhule Weininger

A half-day, Sunday afternoon retreat in Mindfulness Meditation with Radhule Weininger, to create a refuge for calming the mind, opening the heart and finding peace with ourselves and others through gently guided meditations, including Metta (Loving-kindness) meditation. All are welcome, those with a practice and beginners.

For this month, the topic is:

Love Your Neighbor As Yourself: Self-Compassion in Buddhist and Christian Practice

How can we find healing for our wounded selves so we can live in deep, joyful and fulfilling connection with life, with god, and with our neighbor, whoever he or she may be?

In this afternoon filled with meditation and reflection, Christine McSpadden, the new minister at Trinity Episcopal Church, and Radhule Weininger, meditation teacher and psychologist, will explore in dialogue the understanding and practice of self-compassion. Together we will learn the art of accessible and relevant compassion meditations as well as deeply personal and healing prayer.

Christine McSpadden is the rector at Santa Barbara’s Trinity Episcopal Church. She was formerly the priest vicar at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. Just having moved here from San Francisco, where she worked at Grace Cathedral, she is interested in peace and justice work and in serving diverse communities. Her special interest is in teaching the self-compassion as a Christian practice.

Radhule Weininger, Ph.D., clinical psychologist, and teacher of Buddhist meditation and Buddhist psychology is the founder and guiding teacher of the One Dharma Sangha, as well as the resident teacher of mindfulness practice at La Casa de Maria Retreat Center in Santa Barbara, California.  For the past 12 years Jack Kornfield has mentored her in her teaching. Her forthcoming book “Heartwork: The Path of Self-compassion” will be published in the spring of 2017 by Shambala Publications.

Mindfulness helps to cultivate dual awareness of both our inner state of mind and heart and the awareness of the world in front of us. This practice helps to increase inner calm and self-knowing, as well as more balance and skillfulness concerning our interactions with others. Metta meditation helps develop “exquisite empathy” which is a heartfelt, well-boundaried, sensitively attuned and highly present way of being with ourselves and others. Through this practice we can develop our innate self-compassion and compassion for others.

There will be an opportunity for practicing sitting and walking meditation as well as Metta/Lovingkindness meditation. We often speak of mindfulness not only as bare attention but as affectionate attention. Woven into it is an orientation towards kindness and seeing deeply into the nature of things, which invites us to see how all is interconnected.

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Program Leader – Radhule Weininger, MD, PhD, practices psychotherapy and has studied Mindfulness meditation in Dharmsala, India, Indonesia and with Jack Kornfield through Spirit Rock Buddhist Center and with Alan Wallace.

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