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Awareness and Love: A Daylong Meditation Retreat with Matthew Brensilver

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St. Paul's Church

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Wisdom practices are commonly distinguished from practices of kindness and compassion. Often, meditation practitioners feel drawn to either the wisdom aspect or the kindness aspect. However, our practice suggests a powerful connection between awareness and love. In mindfulness meditation, we practice resting, looking deeply, knowing moment-by-moment what it’s like to be human. Initially, some of us are hesitant to look because we’re concerned what we’ll find. But our practice shows us that the more deeply we look into experience, the more reason we have to love.

As the attention stabilizes, we begin to sense the poignancy of our wish to be happy. Seeing this, we care about our struggles and cherish our joy in a new way. In turn, this love informs how we engage with the world.

The daylong will include sitting and walking meditation, practice instructions and talks. All are welcome. Limited scholarship and volunteer opportunities available. Please contact stacyleegardner@gmail.com for more info.

Matthew Brensilver, PhD, served as a Buddhist chaplain at USC for four years and teaches about the intersection of mindfulness and mental health at UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center and with Mindful Schools. Matthew was trained by Noah Levine and teaches at Against the Stream. He completed the Spirit Rock/IMS teacher training program and regularly offers retreats at Spirit Rock and the Insight Retreat Center. He spent years doing research on addiction treatment at the UCLA Center for Behavioral and Addiction Medicine and continues to be interested in the unfolding dialogue between dharma and science.


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