The Buddha spoke of the Eight Worldly Winds, a framework we can use to reflect on our experience. These winds show up in our daily life and can blow us off-center, causing stress and unhappiness: Gain and Loss, Praise and Blame, Pleasure and Pain, Fame and Disrepute.
In this retreat, we will practice mindfulness of the breath and the body, lovingkindness and compassion, and explore how these practices can protect us from the winds. By seeing the winds for what they are, we will taste the possibility of being free from them – the winds still arise and pass, but we are less likely to be blown off-center by them.
The retreat will be held in silence and the format will include daily instructions in sitting and walking meditation, Q&A, Dharma talks, chanting, Qi gong, and practice check-ins with the teacher. This retreat is suitable for new and experienced meditators.
CURRENT COVID-19/PUBLIC HEALTH PROTOCOLS:
Cloud Mountain continues to take endemic covid-19 seriously as a public health risk in the retreat environment. Masking and rapid testing requirements are in place.
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Scholarship funds are available on all retreats to assist those with financial challenges. For more information, read the Scholarship section of our overview information.
Generosity Tier : $270 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff
Base Tier : $240 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff
Subsidized Tier : $210 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff
Following in the Buddhist tradition, none of your registration fee will go to the teacher(s). Please consider offering teacher dāna at the event to support their livelihood. (Dāna is a term for generosity, or freely offered giving. You can find more information about this way of offering the teachings and the "economy of gifts" on our Donation page.)