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Young Adults’ Practice and Community Day

Sunday, July 25, 2010 1:30 to 5:30pm

Join teachers Andrea Fella and Donald Rothberg for a half-day retreat on the theme “Integrating Practice and Daily Life.” As a follow-up to the November daylong for young adults, Twheet, this event is geared to build community among in a supportive environment for practitioners roughly 20-35yrs. This special event will be co-hosted by teachers Andrea Fella and Donald Rothberg and features a mix of sittings, short dharma talks, and opportunities for group discussion. November’s Twheet attendees asked that more time in the next event be dedicated to practice, so this Community Day will not be a conference-style format but rather more oriented to meditation. Those looking for a full day of community with the larger sangha can also enjoy the usually scheduled IMC sit and potluck lunch in the morning of July 25th, and help pitch in with the potluck cleanup, before the Community Day starts at 1:30pm. Email ardenpennell@gmail.com with any questions.

Facing the Shadow: A Daylong Exploration of How We Relate to Practice with the Shadow – For Young Adults – with Donald Rothberg and Kate Janke

Saturday, December 5, 9am to 4:30pm

For Young Adults, Ages 20-35

Come join us for a day of practice and experiential investigation into our shadows—dark and light, individual and collective—and how “shadow work” can be a major part of our spiritual practice! Carl Jung spoke of the shadow of the individual as “the ‘negative’ side of the personality, the sum of all those unpleasant qualities we like to hide.” Yet, he thought, the shadow also carries energies and insights necessary for wholeness. Through shadow work, we can reduce the shadow’s destructive potential by bringing darkness to the light, and light to the darkness. In a similar way, the Buddha would often invite Mara, a personification of greed, hatred, and delusion, in for tea, like an old friend. We will also explore the collective or cultural shadow, which often drives groups and organizations (including religious and spiritual ones!), cultures, and societies. It manifests in a number of ways, for example, in the residues from not fully resolved or acknowledged past historical suffering (such as slavery) or in collective ways of forming “enemies” or targeting certain groups for negative treatment. The day will include meditation, talks, conversation, and experiential exercises, all with

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Keeping Cool in the Fire: Becoming More Skillful with Inner or Outer Conflict – A Two-Day Training with Donald Rothberg and Lawrence Ellis

Saturday, January 23, 2010, 9am to 5pm and Sunday, January 24, 1 to 5pm

How do we bring our spiritual practice into situations of conflict, whether inner conflict (“Should I stay in this job or relationship?”), interpersonal conflict, or conflict within an organization or community or society? By conflict, we mean a tension or contradiction between goals, intentions, or styles, which may or may not be connected with hostility. For most of us, conflicts are difficult and we often tend to the extremes of either avoiding conflicts or “acting out” when conflicts arise. This occurs particularly because in conflicts we typically have difficult emotions, and thoughts involving blaming and harsh judging of others (or ourselves).

In this two-day training, we will offer perspectives and tools to take home, brought together from Buddhist teachings and the work of mediators and peacemakers, that will help us to understand the nature of conflict; to see conflicts as opportunities for reconciliation, learning, and deepening relationships; to be more skillful when there are difficult emotions and polarizing thoughts; and to cultivate mindfulness and skillful speech in the midst of conflict. We will explore all of this through meditation, short talks, discussion, interactive exercises, and practicing

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