Seeing Freedom In The Coming And Going of Life
Held at Goward House, 2495 Arbutus Road, Victoria, BC,
Registration opens April 01.
It has been said that the next Buddha will be the sangha. Sangha, which means community, can be thought of as the coming together and falling apart of every aspect of life. This coming together and falling apart is one of Buddha’s central teaching on the “Three Characteristics of Existence”. These three universal characteristics — impermanence, dissatisfaction and not-self — can be thought of as the infrastructure of life. Through meditation practice we can acquaint ourselves with their truth and strengthen our awareness of their presence in the whole of our experience. This nonresidential weekend retreat is about learning to relax into the natural flow of the Three Characteristics to more directly experience the freedom of Dharma.
The weekend is appropriate for both new and experienced meditators and will include meditation (with instructions), walking/reflective periods, and Dhamma talks.
Tuere Sala is a retired prosecuting attorney who has practiced Vipassana meditation for over 25 years. She has been an active member and volunteer at Seattle Insight since 2001. In 2009, she was appointed to be a Local Dharma Leader and has often supported SIMS in unconventional ways such as answering the many letters SIMS receives from practitioners in prison; offering beginning classes at Angeline Women’s shelter and Jubilee House, a women’s transitional house; and facilitating workshops using nonviolent communication (NVC) to support a mindfulness practice.
Tuere believes that urban meditation is the foundation for today’s practitioner’s path to liberation. She is inspired by bringing the Dharma to nontraditional places and is a strong advocate for practitioners living with high stress, past trauma and difficulties sitting still. Her teachings reflect an approach to Dharma that is both easy to follow and understand – making it accessible to everyone.
Tuere has completed extensive trainings including: the 2 Year Spirit Rock/IMS Community Dharma Leader Program; a 1 Year Focusing for Complex Trauma Course which incorporates mindfulness principles with somatic listening and a 1 Year Mindfulness-Based Mind Fitness Training Course (MMFT) which incorporates mindfulness principles within the high stress work environments of first responders. She has sat 300+ days of meditation retreat (including residential, non-residential and day-longs) and has a long history of assisting others in establishing and maintaining a daily practice.