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Waking Up in Daily Life: A Residential Retreat with Dan Jorgensen and Claudia Hansson


May 2, 2018 – 2:30 PM

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This Residential Retreat Developing the capacity to focus the mind is the foundational practice of all Buddhist meditative traditions.  In our normal, everyday state of mind, there is generally a continuous stream mental gossip, judgment and rumination about the past and future. One of the seminal insights of the Buddha was that this continuous stream of mental distraction is one of the principal causes of human suffering and at a deeper level obscures our true nature.  The Buddha and his successors also discovered that it is possible to reduce this gross level of distraction and discover a more calm, peaceful and authentic way of being. In this retreat we will teach some of the meditation methods from the Tibetan tradition that directly address this inherent mental confusion.  Starting with the breath we will move to deeper levels of calming which create the conditions for recognizing awakened awareness. Using teaching and guided meditations we will emphasize working directly with our immediate, moment-to-moment experience – body sensations, thoughts, emotions and the subtle energies of the body/mind.  By developing these skills during practice, we create the possibility of transforming the way we experience every aspect of our daily life. In addition to the periods of sitting meditation practice, we will incorporate sessions of physical movement practice into the retreat.  Our friend, Marie Ramos, has agreed to come and teach the basic movements of Radiant Heart Qi Gong.  Marie is a deeply experienced practioner of both meditation and Qi Gong and a gifted teacher as well.  Registration Fee - Deadline to Register is April 18th Cost: Supporting (paying to support the cost of the retreat to SBMG and support scholarships) -- $465 Sustaining  (paying for the retreat at cost) -- $400 Supported (paying slightly below cost) -- $365 Choose the highest level of the sliding scale that you can afford. This allows others who need to pay less the opportunity to attend. Any amount paid above the base level retreat ($400) fee is a tax deductible donation to SBMG. Scholarships: If none of these tiers work for you, there are opportunities to apply for a scholarship.  Please click here to fill out our scholarship application Scholarship applications are DUE on February 27, 2018   Retreat Details Please note that this retreat is limited to 65 retreatants. There is no guarantee of a single room.  One of the residence buildings, Oak Hall, is a LEED-certified building, has 12 rooms (6 rooms per floor), with one floor dedicated for men and one for women.  This building absolutely requires a roommate.  The Jesuit Center offers vegetarian food.   Dana (generosity):  Your teachers and staff for this retreat are paid only through your donations. The registration fee below only covers accommodations, meals, and certain administrative expenses. At the end of the retreat, please share generously so that these kinds of events can continue in the future and your teachers can be well supported in their livelihoods. Dan Jorgensen Dan Jorgensen has practiced in the Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism since meeting his main teacher, Kalu Rinpoche, in 1974.  In addition, he has studied with many other distinguished Tibetan and Western teachers in both India and the United States.  In 1989 he completed the traditional three year three month meditation retreat.  He began teaching in 1996 and conducts four residential meditation retreats a year with his associate, Claudia Hansson.  He is also a licensed psychotherapist which he has found helpful in working with the emotional issues that can arise in meditation practice.  He takes a very practical approach to meditation with a strong emphasis on the importance of direct experience in meditation and bringing that to all aspects of life. Claudia Hansson    Claudia Hansson was authorized to teach in 2005 and completed a three-year teacher training program taught by Ken McLeod. She uses the same approach as her teachers, Dan Jorgensen and Ken McLeod, in working with students. This is primarily one-on-one, either in person or on Skype, supplemented with frequent intensive meditation retreats.  She has found this process very effective in her own practice and in bringing together the essential conditions for students to find their own path.  The core of her teaching is based on the series of practices known as Mahamudra in the Karma Kagyu and Shangpa Kagyu traditions while also including threads from Dzogchen and Zen. She also places heavy emphasis on working with the patterns and habits which create suffering and block our experience of freedom and joy in our daily life.  She accompanies meditation traditional teachings with movement work such as Qi Gong and simple energy practices. Her emphasis is on assisting students to find a path that enables them to awaken to the richness of life and to the depth and breadth of their own true nature. Registrar Contact Information   For all information about financial aid, payment plans, contact information, or registering directly via email, please contact registrar Angela Scarlett at or 916-612-8442.   SBMG is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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