$20 – $60

Innate Empathy: Strengthening the Heart, A Daylong Retreat with Oren Jay So...

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Sacramento Dharma Center

3111 Wissemann Drive

Sacramento, CA 95826

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The fee is on a sliding scale of $20 to $60, according to ability. A few days prior to the retreat the minimum fee increases to $25. Please note that the registration does not include a donation for the teacher. You can donate to the teacher on the day of the event.

  • Until Tuesday, July 16: $20 to $60
  • After Tuesday, July 16: $25 to $60

Scholarships are available upon request. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please contact the registrar, Angela at angela.scarlett@gmail.com to arrange for financial assistance.

If you wish to pay at the door or via check to the registrar, those options are available to you on the payment information page after you click the green "Register" button, enter the desired money amount and click the green "Checkout" button.


This Retreat

Innate Empathy: Strengthening the Heart

  • Build a foundation for healthy relationships
  • Learn ways to increase access to empathy
  • Strengthen internal stability and resilience

How consistently are we able to use our communication tools, meditation techniques, or psychological frameworks for well-being, balance, and connection in our work and daily lives? Often, such tools are taught or practiced without adequate cultivation of the intention, the heart-quality, that must guide them in order to successfully accomplish their aims.

A fully embodied and integrated experience of empathy – the felt, emotional resonance with experience – is a key that can transform of our use of these many tools, enhance our ability to employ them skillfully, and enrich the quality of our lives.

In this daylong workshop, we will learn practices to develop the basis for skillful communication, inner resilience, and fulfilling relationships. Through a combination of imagery, movement, guided reflection, and interactive exercises, participants will deepen an innate sense of empathy, learn ways to develop this in daily life, and strengthen the ability to stay present in all circumstances. Appropriate for all levels of Nonviolent Communication and meditation students; some experience with either is recommended but not required.


Biography


Oren Jay Sofer teaches mindfulness, meditation and Nonviolent Communication in both secular and Buddhist contexts.

Oren has practiced meditation in the Theravada Buddhist tradition since 1997, beginning his studies in Bodh Gaya, India with Anagarika Munindra and Godwin Samararatne. He is a long-time student of Joseph Goldstein, Michele McDonald, and Ajahn Sucitto, and a graduate of the IMS - Spirit Rock Vipasanna Teacher Training. Oren is also the author of the book Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication, a practical guidebook for having more effective, satisfying conversations.

Oren first became interested in contemplative practice in high school, when he picked up a little book called The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff. He went on to complete a degree in Comparative Religion from Columbia University, and later spent two and a half years of living as an Anagarika (renunciate) at branch monasteries in the Ajahn Chah Thai Forest lineage. Today, his teaching combines classical Buddhist training with the accessible language of secular mindfulness.


Dana

"Dana" is the Pali word for generosity and is the first paramita in Buddhism. You will be invited to give an additional teacher donation on the day of the retreat to thank and honor the teacher yourself as these teachings are priceless and freely given by the teacher (meaning they don't charge a specific fee).

The registration fee contributes to the rent, administrative costs, teacher travel, and material expenses for both this retreat as well as SBMG's ongoing Sunday Night programs.


Details to Consider

  • Please try to arrive by 8:45 am to register and settle in.
  • Wear comfortable clothing, bring a covered mug or water bottle, bag lunch and your personal cushion if you have one.
  • Chairs and cushions will be available at the retreat, as well as tea and hot water.
  • In the spirit of doing no harm, we ask that you refrain from using scented products that may affect others. The Dharma Center is wheelchair accessible.
  • SBMG hosts teachers from all Buddhist traditions at weekly meetings and monthly daylong retreats. All have been welcome since 1991. SBMG is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
  • Please contact the retreat coordinator if you have any questions: angela.scarlett@gmail.com


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