Born Free: A Day Long Retreat with Gareth Young

  • 16 Oct 2021
  • 8:45 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Zoom only
  • 15


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Born Free: Day-long Retreat with Gareth Young

Where: Zoom only (Use this link to join, or go to, click the links to enter a meeting, and enter meeting ID 971-373-141 and password 879550).


"Jean-Jacques Rousseau famously said "Man is born free but everywhere in chains," written in the context of conversations about equity and justice.

But from a Buddhist standpoint, the statement applies to all of us - only the chains are of our own creation. The promise of our practice is that we can find true freedom through the Buddha's wise teachings, the kind of freedom that is beyond economic or political freedom. In this day-long session, we will explore the relationship of this freedom to the cultivation of wisdom ("when I know that I am nothing") and compassion ("when I know that I am everything"), and and hopefully take a couple of steps along the path in the process

When: Saturday, October 16th, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a break for lunch and periods of meditative practice throughout.

Materials: A document of texts and sources for the session will be distributed prior to the retreat date.

Preliminary Schedule

8:45 – 9:00          Informal Online Arrival
9:00 – 9:15           Orientation
9:15 – 9:45           Sitting meditation
9:45 – 10:15         Walking meditation
10:15 – 11:00       Dharma Talk
11:00 – 11:30       Walking meditation
11:30 – 12:00       Sitting meditation
12:00 – 1:00        Lunch
1:00 – 1:30          
Sitting meditation
1:30 – 2:10           Yoga
2:10 – 2:40           Sitting meditation
2:40 – 3:20          Discussion/Q&A
3:20 – 3:50           Sitting meditation
3:50 – 4:20           Walking meditation
4:20 – 4:40           Sitting meditation
4:40 – 5:00          Closing circle

About the Study Session Leader

Gareth Young has been with Red Clay Sangha since its founding. He has formally studied in both the Insight and Zen traditions and his practice is informed by these and other branches of Buddhism, as well as other spiritual practices and other faiths. His approach to practice is intentionally inclusive, open and welcoming.

Questions? If you have questions or cannot attend, please email Gareth Young to let us know.

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