Meeting the Heavenly Messengers
Cultivating the Mindfulness of Aging, Illness, Death and Awakening
A residential/non-residential weekend retreat with Bob Stahl
October 26-28, 2018, at Queens House of Retreats, Saskatoon
The title of the Heavenly Messengers is drawn from the legend of the Buddha’s early life. Prince Siddhartha, the Bodhisattva, lived in a protected world unaware of the most elementary facts of human life. Curiosity led him out beyond the palace walls, where he encountered the four “Heavenly Messengers” that were to change his destiny. The first three were a sick person, old person and a corpse; the fourth was a wandering ascetic, who revealed to him the existence of a path through suffering to freedom.
In the process of awakening, we are all called upon to meet illness, aging, and death face to face. An honest encounter with these facts of human existence reveals the transient nature of life, shows us “what matters most” and serves as a catalyst for profound transformation.
In this retreat, we will:
- Develop a wise, personal relationship with the “Heavenly Messengers” and learn how embracing these experiences can lead to a fully engaged life characterized by wisdom and compassion.
- Express our personal understanding through compassionate action by mindfully accompanying those who are living with chronic pain and serious illness, the challenges of aging, loss and bereavement, or the experience of dying.
Retreat Starts at 7 PM October 26 and ends at 5 PM October 28
Cost for residential option: $385 if registered on or before October 12; $410 after that date. Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner Oct. 27 and breakfast and lunch on Oct 28.
Cost for non-residential option: $166 if registered on or before Oct 12, $191 after that date. Includes lunch and dinner Oct 27 and lunch Oct 28.
On line registration is available at: http://saskatooninsight.com/forms/view.php?id=24651
For a printable poster and registration form, please download: Bob Stahl October 2018
To contact SIMC call Doris at 306 242 5004 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Bob Stahl is a long-time practitioner of insight meditation. He is the Guiding teacher for Insight Santa Cruz, also teaching at Spirit Rock Insight Meditation Center and the Insight Meditation Society. Bob lived in a monastery for eight years, and has studied with the renowned Burmese masters Taungpulu Kaba-Aye Sayadaw, Hlaing Tet Sayadaw, Dr. Rina Sircar and Pokokhu Sayadaw, and has extensive experience with teaching body based practices. He has a PhD in Philosophy and Religion with a specialization in Buddhist Studies, and is the author of Living With Your Heart Wide Open, Calming The Rush Of Panic, A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook for Anxiety, and the co-author of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook. He also teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction with Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, and directs Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction programs in six Bay Area medical centers.
Image credit: By User:Sacca (Picture of a painting in a Laotian Temple) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Four_Heavenly_Messengers.jpg