White Heron Sangha is pleased to sponsor a two-day, non-residential retreat in Morro Bay with Al Blum, a senior teacher of the Dharma Ocean somatic meditation practices that directly address our experiences of disembodiment, stress, and sensory overload. These practices speak to our deepest yearnings for real connection, and can empower us to engage our lives with tremendous clarity and warmth. The program is suitable for beginners as well as experienced practitioners who are interested in exploring a more embodied approach to meditation practice. Plan on attending both days in order to appreciate fully the teachings. The second day will build on the practices from the first day.
"Meditation practice in our lineage doesn’t imply retreating from or renouncing the world. Rather, practice gradually opens us to the profound spiritual possibilities inherent in the moment-to-moment reality of the lives we actually live. As such, there is tremendous respect for the uniqueness of each person’s journey."
The somatic teachings that will be presented by Al are the very foundation of the practicing lineage of Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism, as taught by Dr. Reggie Ray. From the perspective of this tradition, somatic practice unlocks pathways to the most authentic human spiritual journey--a journey of deepening embodiment, compassion, and radical openness. Al will offer instruction through guided meditation sessions, talks, and group discussions, so that participants will have the opportunity to master a graduated series of practices essential for making this journey. Some of the practices are done lying down, so please bring a yoga strap, tie or belt to hold your knees together and a blanket, zabuton, or long mat to be comfortable on the floor. Also, bring a cushion if you'd like to meditate sitting on the floor.
Al Blum encountered the Dharma over twenty years ago after a long struggle with a near-fatal illness inspired a search for deeper meaning and purpose. His teaching approach, which reflects his engagement as a business leader and father of a large family, focuses on integrating the practical and philosophical aspects of Dharma practice into the everyday world of family, community, and work. Al has an M.A. in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism from Naropa University and has been teaching in various Dharma Ocean programs since 2006.
Saturday, April 8, 2017, 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Sunday, April 9, 2017, 9:30AM - 3:30PM
Where: NOTE THAT THIS IS A NEW VENUE!
Morro Bay Community Center, 1001 Kennedy Way, Morro Bay (map)
$50, ($25 for young adults) for both days, which covers the expenses of the Sangha in putting on the event, but does not include a payment to the teacher.
Plan on attending both days in order to appreciate fully the teachings. The second day will build on the practices from the first day. Arrangements can be made if the fee is excessive for you.
The teachings are offered freely. The retreat fee covers only the retreat expenses; none of the retreat fee goes to the teacher. A dana (donation) basket will be available to help support the work of the teacher. We try to keep our retreat fees at a minimum so that you can be truly generous with your donation to the teacher. Details on how to donate to the teacher will be provided at the retreat.
You can register and pay online (through PayPal, including credit card) or at the door (cash or check only). Pre-registration is preferred.
Bring your lunch. Tea and snacks will be provided. Bring a blanket, zabuton or long mat, and a tie or belt or yoga strap for practices done lying down, and a cushion if you want to sit on the floor. Chairs will be available. There is a large parking lot in front of the building. No dogs are allowed in the building, except for service dogs. For questions, contact Bobbe Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org or 805-541-6099.