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Location: Shambhala Chicago

Collective Liberation Retreat: Practicing Enlightened Society

Traditionally the winter season is ideal for taking time to find calm. But how can we calm down in a world on fire? What can we do to begin to mend the enormous rifts in our society? Starting on Wednesday, December 27, two days after Christmas, this retreat will include meditation and compassion practices designed to support our experience of connectedness with others, and to raise awareness of our habitual ways of avoiding our experience. We will contemplate what we, as individuals and as members of a group, might do to build enlightened society. The retreat will include practices designed to bring us face-to-face with our authentic selves and others. 

Come as you are, with all the feelings you have about our world these days—our frustrations and discouragement are fertile ground for experiencing how our practice can open our hearts, revealing new possibilities. 

Facilitated by our Collective Liberation group, which meets monthly to explore issues of identity, race and culture. Everyone is welcome regardless of their experience with meditation. Meditation instruction will be provided.

Daily teachings and practices will include the Heart Sutra, Four Immeasurables (Brahmaviharas), Tonglen, and practices that attend to the body and the bonds between us. In addition, we encourage everyone to sign up for Rota practice, which means caring for each other and the Center by cleaning up after ourselves. 

This program will be offered both in-person and online. For those attending in-person, breakfast, lunch, tea and snacks will be included. 

Program price: $60/day or $250 for the full retreat. For those attending online, $50/day or $200 for 5 days. Our generosity policy is pay-what-you-can. 

NOTE: When registering, please indicate which day(s) you plan to attend in the “Comments” field. Please also indicate if you plan to attend online or in-person. If you have any questions, contact us at [email protected]



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