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Matthew Brensilver Feb 24th

 Open Door Sangha
A Buddhist Meditation Retreat with
Matthew Brensilver
 February 24-25, 2018
Saturday  9 am- 4 pm;  Sunday  9 am – 4 pm
$45 ($25 one day, students 50% off)

EMID Center
224 Vereda Leyenda, Goleta

(Winchester Canyon exit from 101 Northbound)
Click here for a map and directions.


Clinging, Letting Go & Peace

Like a tapestry is composed of thread, our suffering is composed of clinging. We cling to views and conventions, to sense pleasure and to the sense of self. Ultimately, the strategies of clinging are attempts to create happiness and safety. But we can’t hold a river in our hands – the world will not stay still. In letting go, we are not released into a turbulent and destabilizing world but instead let go into a heart full of confidence, a mind full of peace. When we practice mindfulness, we practice letting go.

This weekend retreat will be an exploration of how we cling – and what it means to let go. There will be time for dharma talks, meditation practice, and group engagement.  All are welcome.
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. Matthew was trained by Noah Levine and teaches at Against the Stream. He 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.

To read an interview with Matthew, click here.

Please remember to:
-Bring your own lunch each day. Fridge and microwave are available.
-Tea and cookies will be provided.
-Wear loose, comfortable, modest clothing.
-Supply your own meditation cushion and/or bench. Chairs will be provided. The floor is partially carpeted but a zabuton or pad may be helpful if you wish to bring one.
-Please do not wear scented lotions/perfumes or jangly items.

Dana: This retreat is offered on a Dana basis. Dana means generosity and is the Buddhist practice of giving to ones capacity. The registration fee is used to cover the teacher’s travel expenses, facilities rental, and the costs of holding the retreat itself. By making a donation to the teacher we directly enable him to continue this noble work that benefits us all so profoundly.

To register:  Send registration fee, email address and phone number to Shelley Gault, 481 Mountain Dr., Santa Barbara, CA 93103.

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