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Buddhist Meditation Retreat
Fearless Living... Fearless Dying
In the Insight Tradition
lead by Marcia F. Curtis
Friday, September 11 to Sunday, September 13, 2015
Chicago Cenacle Retreat Center
513 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago
Appropriate for all levels of meditation experience.
About the Retreat
Insight (vipassana) meditation is a form of Buddhist meditation in the Theravadan tradition, which is the tradition of Burma, Thailand, Sri Lanka, and Cambodia. It is a form of mindfulness meditation. The meditator focuses on some aspect of the mind-body process such as the breath, and learns to quiet the mind by observing what is. As the mind becomes more quiet, the heart is given the space to open.
Marcia Curtis is a Unitarian Universalist minister who has served as a chaplain with people with AIDS, with homeless people, and with people with mental illness. She has been practicing meditation in the Theravadan tradition for 27 years, and teaching since 1996. She has done more than forty retreats, including two three-month silent retreats at Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA.
This retreat is being given on a dana basis. Dana means “generosity” in Pali, the language the Buddha’s teachings were first written down in. Traditionally, there is no charge for sharing the Buddha’s teaching. The fee covers only direct expenses for room and board for the participant, and a share of overhead expenses such as the teacher’s room and board. The teacher receives no payment for the teaching itself. Making a donation to the teacher at the end of the retreat is both a part of the tradition and a way to practice the spiritual discipline of generosity.
To register, please print off the registration shown below as a pdf document. Fill it in and mail it to Marcia Curtis.
Childcare for our youngest is available during services.
All children are welcome!
Reverend Marcia Curtis invites you to participate in a Buddhism-based meditation in a group setting. Join us Sundays at 7:30pm in the church sanctuary. Newcomers welcome.