Yogacara: Integrating Personal and Social Healing and Liberation

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How can we heal ourselves and our communities? This question is at the heart of Yogacara Buddhism.

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How does our personal conduct, wellness, suffering, and trauma relate to interpersonal and transpersonal systems? How can we give our lives to universal liberation without sacrificing our own well-being? These are the questions at the heart of Yogacara Buddhism, which brings Early Buddhist and Mahayana practice into an integrated approach to joyful, compassionate, altruistic living.

This retreat will focus on the practices upheld in the Indian Yogacara master Vasubandhu's Thirty Verses on Consciousness Only. We will move towards a deeper knowing of the fact that in every moment we are participating in the whole of the world in all its beauty and harms, and that in very moment we can act for the liberation of all.

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This is an online meeting only. Look for a Zoom link in your email the day before the retreat.

Attendees are encouraged to maintain silence during the retreat, including breaks and meal times. After Reverend Connelly's Dharma talks, microphones will open for dialogue.

Our Teacher

Ben Connelly is a Soto Zen teacher and Dharma heir in the Katagiri lineage. He also teaches mindfulness in a wide variety of secular contexts including police training and addiction recovery groups. Ben is based at Minnesota Zen Meditation Center, travels to teach across the United States, writes for Tricycle magazine, and is the Wisdom Publications author of Inside the Grass Hut, Inside Vasubandhu's Yogacara, and Mindfulness and Intimacy.


To offer dana directly to the teacher:

PayPal: benconnelly70@gmail


or snail mail, 3224 Colfax Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55408

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Organizer Valley Streams Zen Sangha

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Valley Streams Zen Sangha, is an open Zen community, dedicated to the study of Buddha’s teaching and the practice of meditation. We invite experienced Zen students and newcomers to join our weekly meetings and first Saturday of the month retreats.

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