Practicing with the Paramitas: One Day Retreat with Gareth Young

  • 20 Oct 2018
  • 8:45 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Red Clay Sangha
  • 6


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 Practicing with the Paramitas

One-Day Retreat with Gareth Young
Saturday, October 20, 2018, from 8:45 to 5:00 

"Paramita", generally translated as "the perfections", is a formulation of six virtues which serves as a central approach to practice for many Buddhists. The six paramitas are generosity, discipline, patience, energy, meditation and wisdom.

"The Way of the Bodhisattva", a 7th/8th Century text by Shantideva widely used in Tibetan traditions, takes as its premise that the path to wisdom begins with serving and helping others. It applies the paramitas as the structure of this practice. This Red Clay Sangha one-day retreat will use this model to examine the paramitas as an important guide and approach to our practice.

Cost  As with all of our in-town retreats, there is no charge, donations are accepted - and greatly appreciated, since Red Clay Sangha does have ongoing operating costs, including rent!Gareth Young is active in interfaith and social justice work. A couple of years after being ordained a Zen Buddhist priest, Gareth left formal Zen practice to co-found Red Clay Sangha, our Buddhist community. He is engaged with several other interfaith and social justice organizations, serving on boards and participating in grass-roots activism.

What to expect  This will be a full day of sitting and walking meditation practice, with time for group discussions. All are welcome, no previous experience with meditation required.What to bring?  Wear comfortable clothing. We have plenty of floor cushions and chairs. OR, if you prefer your own you may bring a cushion or chair. Our space is air conditioned, you might want to bring a light sweater or light blanket.


8:45 – 9:15 Gathering and introductions
9:15 – 9:30 Orientation
9:30 – 9:55 Sitting meditation
9:55 – 10:00 Walking meditation
10:00 – 10:25 Sitting meditation
10:25 – 10:30 Walking meditation
10:30 – 10:55 Sitting meditation
10:55 – 11:35 Dharma Talk: “Practicing with the Paramitas”
11:35 – 12:00 Sitting meditation
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch - Vegetarian Lunch provided
1:00 – 1:25 Sitting meditation
1:25 – 2:00 Walking meditation on site
2:00 – 2:25 Sitting meditation
2:25 – 3:00 Tea and Discussion
3:00 – 3:25 Sitting meditation
3:25 - 3:30 Walking meditation
3:30 – 3:55 Sitting meditation
3:55 – 4:00 Walking meditation
4:00 – 4:25 Sitting meditation
4:25 – 4:45 Closing circle

Facility  This retreat will be held at our main location in Chamblee, Georgia. more... 

Lunch  Vegetarian lunch will be provided with any dairy, grains, or sugar on the side.

Questions or More Information? please contact Gareth Young

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