The worldwide upheaval caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) has abruptly reminded us all of the fragility of the human condition and our connection to every being on the planet. This pandemic has forced the world around us to literally and metaphorically slow down, stopping us in our tracks, and asking us to question all of our assumptions and priorities.
How do we find harmony in the chaos? Where do we center ourselves so there is peace of mind, clear vision, and balance? To keep us grounded in the Buddha's core teaching of impermanence, suffering, and lack of substance, we look for guidance from the wise.
As we step gently into these shifting times, and find our footing amidst uncertainty, Birken Forest Buddhist Monastery and Pacific Hermitage will premiere our first web-based virtual meditation retreat, centered on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. Over a period of 10 days, May 1-10, 2020, Ajahn Sona, Ajahn Sudanto, and other resident monks will lead meditators around the world towards a deeper understanding and practice of Right Mindfulness in all areas of our lives.
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