As mindfulness deepens, we explore uncharted territory. New ideas, emotions and physical sensations arise.
With practice, we may find bliss as well as rough patches that are sometimes frightening. We take refuge in sensual pleasure. It feels safe; familiar. Sometimes, we just turn away. We cannot hold the uncertainty.
The Buddha taught liberation comes from releasing what we know and surrendering to that same mystery we
often dread. Can we fully experience the present moment without definition? As long as we are sure, we cut ourselves off from endless possibilities. There is freedom in not knowing. Let’s find it together.
Noliwe Alexander has studied Vipassana Meditation for over 15 years. She has been a dedicated practitioner since attending the second Retreat for People of Color (POC) and the African American Retreat in 2002, both at Spirit Rock. She is a graduate of the Community
Dharma Leaders Training Program though Spirit Rock. She delivers dharma talks at the
Alphabet and POC Sanghas at EBMC and throughout the Bay Area. Noliwe is a Life & Business
Coach and empowerment workshop facilitator. She has dedicated her coaching and dharma
practice to the LGBT, POC, at-‐risk and elder communities.
John Mifsud has practiced Insight Meditation for 12 years and graduated from the Community Dharma Leaders Training Program at Spirit Rock last year. He is a Community Teacher at the East Bay Meditation Center and a leader of EBMC’s Deep Refuge Group for Alphabet Brothers of Color. He has taught at the San Francisco Gay Buddhist Fellowship, SF Insight, the Vajrapani Institute, Seattle Dharma Buddies, the Seattle People of Color and Allies Sangha, San Quentin
Prison, Insight Meditation in Modesto, the Sacramento Buddhist Meditation Group and the
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC.
Please bring a vegetarian potluck dish to share for lunch, if you would like.
For the sake of those who may have allergies, please do not wear scented or perfumed products.
Also, if you have a meditation cushion, please bring it. Chairs will be available.
Please RSVP to Insight Meditation Central Valley at 209-343-2748
Added to the calendar on Monday Apr 15th, 2013 12:35 PM