Intown Retreat by Ben Connelly

  • 12 Nov 2022
  • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Red Clay Sangha
  • 16

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Imagination, Interdependence, and Liberation.

Practicing Yogacara Buddhism with Vasubandhu’s Three Natures

A One-Day In Town Retreat by Ben Connelly

Saturday, November 12, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


In his new book, Vasubandhu’s “Three Natures,” a plain-English commentary, Ben Connelly shows the power of integrating early Buddhist psychology with the Mahāyāna emphasis on collective liberation. You’ll discover how wisdom from fourth-century India can be harnessed to heal and transform systems of harm within ourselves and our communities.

Cost  The retreat fee of $25 is to cover the cost of the lunch and a modest donation to Ben Connelly.

Ben Connelly is a Soto Zen teacher and Dharma heir in the Katagiri lineage. He also teaches mindfulness in a wide variety of secular contexts including police training and addiction recovery groups. He works with multifaith groups focused on intersectional liberation, racial justice, and climate justice. Ben is based at Minnesota Zen Meditation Center, travels to teach across the United States, has written for Tricycle and Lion’s Roar magazines, and is author of Inside the Grass Hut, Inside Vasubandhu's Yogacara, Vasubandhu's "Three Natures", and Mindfulness and Intimacy.

What to expect  Between periods of sitting and walking meditation, Ben will discuss his new book that dives into an empowering approach to freedom from suffering and from harmful personal and social patterns—and finds peace and joyfulness in the present.

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. 

Dana is the practice of generosity and helps remind us of the fundamental connected nature of life. By supporting our teachers we deepen our own experience on the path of practice while helping them to support others.

Teachers generously give their time and energy through listening, sharing and teaching, often without financial reward. Offering dana makes it possible for them to continue their work and is their primary means of support.

In the spirit of this tradition, all participants will have an opportunity to make a voluntary contribution, called dana, at the end of the retreat. Participants often ask what is considered appropriate; we suggest that you give within your means and from your heart. All dana is appreciated. 

The Red Clay Sangha membership covers the travel expenses and a small contribution to the teacher. The retreat fees are used exclusively to cover the cost of the facility and food.

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

Lunch  A healthy vegetarian lunch will be provided.

Questions or More Information? please contact Chad Crowly}. 


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