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Awakening Individually and Collectively in a Time of Crisis and Need:
A Day of Community Practice and Inquiry

A Daylong Retreat with Donald Rothberg
At St. Luke Church
Saturday, March 24, 9:30-4:30

How do we integrate our spiritual practice with our need to help respond to the crises and needs of our larger world? In this daylong, we will combine periods of silent practice, helping us to quiet our minds, deepen insight, and open our hearts, with exploration of the connection between inner and outer transformation -- through guided meditations, interactive practices, short talks, and discussion.

Recognizing that there are phases of more inner work and more outer engagement, and very personal ways of navigating this balance, Donald will help us clarify a number of themes related to engaged practice, such as: seeing the world with dharma eyes; working with wise speech and cultivating empathy in the midst of differences and conflicts; opening to difficult emotions and working with reactivity; and connecting with the vision of what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called the "beloved community."

Donald Rothberg, Ph.D ., is a member of the Teachers Council at Spirit Rock. He has practiced Insight Meditation since 1976 and also received training in Tibetan Dzogchen and Mahamudra practice, in the Hakomi approach to body-based psychotherapy, and in the Somatic Experiencing approach to trauma. He teaches and writes on Insight and Lovingkindness Meditation, and the application of these and other practices to transforming the judgmental mind, speech and communication, working with conflict, social service, and social action; he has also helped to guide a number of six-month to two-year training programs in socially engaged spirituality, both Buddhist-based and interfaith - through Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Saybrook Graduate School, and Spirit Rock. Donald is the author of The Engaged Spiritual Life: A Buddhist Approach to Transforming Ourselves and the World , and the co-editor of Ken Wilber in Dialogue: Conversations with Leading Transpersonal Thinkers.

Dana for the teacher and rent. Dating back to the time of the Buddha, there has been an interdependence between those who offer the teachings and those who receive them. Dana is deeply appreciated.

Please bring a lunch. Chairs will be provided. The daylong will be at St Luke Presbyterian Church, 10 Bayview Dr., San Rafael CA 94901

Click here to RSVP . (It is helpful to us, but not necessary, if you RSVP)

A Special Evening Celebration of

Thursday, April 5
6:30pm - 8:30pm

Please join us in coming together in community to celebrate Phillip Moffitt's impactful years of leadership and guidance as he bows out from his incredible work as Co-Guiding Teacher.

Phillip has been one of Spirit Rock's two Co-Guiding Teachers since 2010, and has served in numerous behind-the-scenes board, governance, and leadership capacities to help guide change at Spirit Rock over the past two decades. All of this generous service has been in addition to continuing to offer his brilliant dharmic wisdom through teaching retreats, daylongs, and writing books! This special evening event will bring teachers, staff, and community together with Phillip to honor him as we share in reflections and practice as a deeply grateful sangha. The evening will be hosted by Co-Guiding Teacher Sally Armstrong and Executive Director Michelle Latvala with contributions throughout the evening by Jack Kornfield, Dana DePalma, and other Spirit Rock teachers.

Proceeds from the evening will go to support the Spirit Rock Scholarship Fund -- a fund very near and dear to Phillip's heart.

Please join us!

You can register at


WHEN: Saturday, May 19th; 6:00 to 9:00 PM
WHERE: Rotary Manor
                  1821 5th Avenue, San Rafael
WHAT: Vegetarian potluck dinner.
AND: Cake!

For more information, or to RSVP*, please contact
Deborah Temple at

*If you can, please let us know what type of dish (appetizer, salad, casserole, veggie side dish....or whatever) you'll be bringing, and the number of people attending.

Day-long Meditation Retreat
with Sally Armstrong Sally Armstrong

At St. Luke Church
Saturday, July 7, 9:30-4:30
Details to follow!

Day-long Meditation Retreat
with Oren J. Sofer

At St. Luke Church
Saturday, October 20, 9:30-4:30
Details to follow!

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