Winter Solstice Meditation

December 21, 2019

A monk asked the Teacher, "How do we escape the heat when summer comes and the cold when winter is here?
"The teacher said, "Why don't you go to the place where there is no summer, no winter?"
The monk asked, 'Where is such a place?"
The teacher replied, "When the cold season comes, one is thoroughly chilled; when the hot summer is here, one swelters." Zen Koan

I invite you to join me for a Winter Solstice Meditation in Oakland, California.

Winter Solstice and the New Year are times when most of us reflect on our past year, envision our future and set our intentions.  Some of us do this in the privacy of our meditation, some with friends and others in the contemplative pages of our journals.  This year I would like to offer an opportunity to cast off those parts of yourself that no longer serve your intentions, vision, relationships or life. The day will provide you with time to reflect, connect with your deepest self and re-fine or define what 2020 will have in store for you.

Each New Year, millions of people make resolutions to do things differently so that they can fulfil their expectations about who they "could," "should," or "might" become. Many hope to adjust aspects of themselves and New Years seems like such a good time to do it. However, there is not a better version of yourself. The person that you are has been years in the making and you are a beautiful being to behold. Cultures from around the world understand that the New Year is an opportunity to spiritually turn the wheel of dharma and begin anew. Not to fix oneself, but to live fully in the future you wish to imagine and create.

In our day together, we will gather as a community to contemplate, reflect, write and participate in a ritual to prepare the ground of your being to complete the turning of this year's dharma wheel.  I would love you to join me!


Saturday December 21, 
3:00 - 6;:30 PM
Fee: $75
Oakland Meditation Community, Oakland

Registration Required

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