What It Is: A Meditation Daylong for People of Color

La Sarmiento Crossings Center for Healing Traditions

La Sarmiento

8/24/2019 9:00 AM  -  5:00 PM  at  Crossings Center for Healing Traditions (8720 Georgia Avenue, Suite 300, Silver Spring, MD, 20910) (Map It)

“What it is” is a shortening of the greeting “What it is, what it was, and what it shall be” which was popular in the 1960’s within the black community. 

The greeting is quite dharmic as the essence of insight meditation (vipassana) practice is to clearly see what is. As people of color in this country, often our histories, cultures, perspectives, and lives are oppressed, rejected or ignored by the dominant culture. At this gathering, we will cultivate a space to be seen heard, and respected for all of who we are to support individual and collective healing.

Through the acknowledgment and honoring of our ancestors, we will reflect on ‘what it was”. Through the practice of insight meditation and the cultivation of the "Divine Abodes" of lovingkindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity, we will deepen our practice of “what it is”. And through the understanding and exploration of Larry Yang’s “Directing the Mind Towards Practices in Diversity", we will live into “what it shall be.”

This daylong is open to beginning to advanced practitioners who identify as a person of color.

This venue is accessible for those with mobility impairments and has an elevator.

There is a free public parking garage. Crossings is on the Red Line Silver Spring Metro.

IMCW retreats and workshops offer instruction in Buddhist meditation and talks on the awakening of our natural insight, love and wisdom. While the meditation practices derive from the Buddhist tradition, they are universal in orientation and address spiritual themes of concern to all contemplative traditions.

A workshop is not primarily silent (talking may be allowed during breaks and lunch) and may be focused on a special topic, such as applying meditation to relationships, emotional healing or physical well-being. Workshops may include a variety of formats, including different reflections and exercises and the sharing of experiences.

The base offering covers direct expenses for this event, including support for the teacher. Your payment at the two higher levels includes a tax-deductible donation to the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW).

Scholarships: Scholarships are available. To apply, please click the "Contact Us" button below before registering. You can also direct a donation to the scholarship fund on the registration form. Please apply early as funds are limited.

IMCW Refund Policy: $35 of the base registration fee is non-refundable. If you contact the retreat manager by clicking the "Contact Us" button below three weeks before the event, the balance of your registration will be refunded. Issuing a refund check may take 2-4 weeks. If you cancel less than three weeks before your retreat begins, your full payment is forfeited. Please note that donations cannot be refunded (IRS regulations).

Fees:

Base price:$75.00
Mid-level price (base + $10 gift):$85.00
Sponsor price (base +$20 gift):$95.00

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Registration opens 5/26/2019.
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