“We don’t stop the suffering of life. Instead we maximize our capacity to love.” Adyashanti
The idea of living a connected and compassionate life appeals to us, but we often find it difficult to meet the challenges of our daily lives with an open and caring heart. It is easy to forget that we care when faced with the struggles of the moment, and we may find ourselves acting or reacting from well-established patterns. It is possible to change these patterns, and to increase our capacity to love. A loving heart is one of the most valuable things we can offer as human beings.
We will cultivate the heart in three areas—a pure heart: a heart that is able to see the world through a fresh perspective, unburdened by the past; a joyful heart: a heart that meets the suffering of the world rather than shutting down to it; and a radiant heart: a limitless heart that lives in peace, freedom, connection and action.
This 5-day retreat will be held in silence, and will consist of focused meditation practices, time for unstructured meditation, and periods of walking meditation. The retreat is suitable for those who are new to meditation as well as for those with an established practice.
DATES: July 14-19, 2017
Amita Schmidt was a resident teacher at Insight Meditation Society (Barre, MA) for six years. She has been practicing Vipassana meditation for over three decades and teaching since 1993. She is the author of the book, Dipa Ma: The Life and Legacy of a Buddhist Master (BlueBridge, May 2005) and a contributor to Buddha Laughing: A Tricycle Book of Cartoons. She is currently a psychotherapist in Hawaii and works with healing depression, anxiety, and trauma. She integrates both the spiritual and psychological perspectives to help each person find wholeness and freedom.
John Cunningham has been teaching meditation for 15 years. His practice and teaching combines Vipassana, loving-kindness and non-dual teachings from various spiritual traditions. John has studied with several teachers, but his primary teacher is Matthew Flickstein. Work with Matthew includes numerous retreats and several extended study programs, including teacher training programs, a one-year study of the Satipatthana Sutta, and a two-year program on non-duality.
John’s personal retreat experience in recent years has focused primarily on self-retreats and on retreats associated with the training programs with Matthew. John recently completed a two-year non-dual teacher training program.
John is the primary teacher for Insight Meditation of Cleveland and leads several sanghas in the northeast Ohio area. John has led retreats and workshops throughout the eastern United States. John is married and has three sons, ages 36, 32 and 6 years old. Together with his wife, Laurie, John leads a mindful parenting group in the Cleveland area.