Discussion and Meditation with David McKay - Portland, OR

Discussion and Meditation with David McKay - Portland, OR

the Little Church (map)

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David McKay will be joining us Wednesday, December 13th at 7pm, at The Little Church in NE Portland. Dave entered a Zen Buddhist monastery at the age of twenty-nine and spent the next eighteen years training there in silence. Over time he became a skilled facilitator and counselor, offering retreats and workshops at the monastery and across the country. David left the monastery in the fall of 2014 to further explore life and practice back in the world. He currently teaches and offers support for practice from his home in Colorado.

He'll be talking about his book, the One Open Door (which will be available for purchase), as well as leading a mediation and facilitating a discussion.

Suggested donation of $12-$20. No one will be turned away.


David was an unlikely candidate to become a monk. Born in the suburbs and taught to behave, raised to live a worldly and outwardly-focused life, he set out as a young man to accomplish something profitable and impressive, as his peers did. The trouble was that he just couldn't do it. There was some inspiration within him he could not understand that simply refused to throw his life away, as he saw it, on insubstantial things.

And so David abandoned the life he was brought up to live. He bought an old van and spent the next eight or nine years living back in the woods and way out in the desert on his own. He sought in solitude what he couldn't find in society, which was some good reason to live and some useful work to do. His intentions were good but he had no tools; he had the required willingness but lacked effective guidance and so, gradually, his efforts resulted in weariness and despair.

It was just then that help arrived. Through a series of blessed accidents he discovered spiritual practice. He learned to look inward and, to his surprise and delight, he began to have real glimpses of happiness and self-love. Then the big moment came when he met the person who would become his teacher. She inspired him to give his life to practice; for a full year he vacillated between ecstasy and horror until, finally, in a moment of blind courage and inspiration, he cast myself upon the mercy of the monastery she founded and asked for help. Eighteen years of silent Zen training followed. Over time, as he stumbled through every sort of scrape and pitfall imaginable, his commitment deepened, he acquired the tools of awareness practice, he grew up, and eventually he found the love and acceptance he was searching for.

Three years ago David left the monastery to pursue new challenges and opportunities in the world. Since then he has worked to offer others the same life-saving gift that was given him as a young man. Currently David practices and offers practice from his home in Colorado.

Awakening to the New Year: A Five-Day Retreat - Damascus, OR

Awakening to the New Year: A Five-Day Retreat - Damascus, OR

Still Meadow Retreat Center (map)

This retreat isn’t about making resolutions, though it is about intention. It’s about realizing your deepest heart’s desire. It’s about embracing change out of love and passion, not obligation and fear.

Through awareness practice, we remember who we authentically are. We remember what we authentically are. When moving through the world from that recognition, intention manifests differently than when our attention is aligned with the feeling of separation.

From separation, awareness practice is distorted into a self-improvement plan and resolutions are a familiar and painful by-product. This retreat focuses on the alternative.

Join us for an inspiring and empowering journey of self-inquiry on this silent retreat. The retreat takes place from December 28-January 2 at Still Meadow Retreat Center in the tranquil Oregon countryside 30 minutes from Portland. See photos of Still Meadow Retreat Center.

Activities include meditation, group discussions and private guidance sessions with Caverly, as well as mindful movement, guided imagery, journaling, and mindful walking — all within the backdrop of silence.

Early Bird rate: valid until December 8th

$750 – Dorm Room
$850 – Double Room
$1015 – Single Room

No experience required. All are welcome.

We are committed to being an open and inclusive community. We accept and support diversity in age, race, physical and mental abilities, sexual orientation and gender identity. Please let us know how we can fully support your retreat experience.

The Bridge to Happiness Online Course

The Bridge to Happiness Online Course

What do you want more than happiness? We all long for it. It's the desire underneath all of our searching.

Likely you realize it can't be found externally. You may have tried to find it through forms of self-help. You've read inspiring books by great teachers. You've resonated with their wisdom. And have you ever struggled to live by these truths in your daily life?

The Bridge to Happiness course supports us in living from truth. It's an accessible and informative course that integrates a variety of great wisdom teachings. It shows you how to align your life with your deepest understanding.

The Bridge to Happiness is founded in the revolutionary understanding that your true nature is wholeness, awareness, and unconditional love. When we wake up to our true nature, our lives begin to transform. Then contemplative practice is no longer founded on striving and searching, rather the alignment of all aspects of your life with your realization.

This Bridge to Happiness course include four modules:

  1. Recognizing the Conditioned Mind
  2. Seeing How We Survived Our Lives
  3. Accessing Compassion
  4. Knowing Yourself as Awareness

You'll be skillfully guided through this process by Caverly Morgan, a former monk who is dedicated to making contemplative wisdom accessible to all. Join us as we learn to live from authenticity and truth in daily life. Join us as we ground the depth of contemplative teachings in our everyday world.

  • Learn how to integrate the truths of the great wisdom traditions into your daily life.
  • Learn a fresh and accessible approach to contemplative practice that covers both foundational and advanced practices.
  • Leave with tools, structures, and supports to integrate your learnings into daily life after the course
  • Learn how to direct the attention and recognize processes of the conditioned mind
  • See and let go of survival strategies and explore a unique approach to self-compassion.
  • Learn how to rest the attention at its source, and know oneself as awareness.
Koans of the Body, Koans of our Lives - with Suniti Dernovsek - Trout Lake, WA

Koans of the Body, Koans of our Lives - with Suniti Dernovsek - Trout Lake, WA

Trout Lake Abbey (map)

Join Caverly and Suniti for a unique retreat exploring movement, meditation, and the Dharma. We'll find inspiration in koans — paradoxical anecdote or riddles used in Zen Buddhism to provoke enlightenment.

Historically in Zen, traditional koans are offered to support students in awakening. In this retreat, we’ll see how our own bodies and lives provide the koan forms. Exploring koans of the body, we'll uncover the heart's inherent stability. We'll rest into the non-dual, compassionate nature of reality. Inquiring into the koans of our lives, we'll see how our direct, everyday experience can be the source of awakening.

On this retreat, you'll learn diverse tools that strengthen your capacity to listen to — and be intimate with — internal and external landscapes. You'll learn embodied practices that include: ways of becoming totally still; transitions to resting postures; and expansive movements for entering the aliveness and inherent wisdom of the body and the universal mind.

Yoga students and teachers will learn new movement patterns and techniques. Meditators will benefit from the marriage of stillness with artful movement practices. Together, we'll unpack and explore the koans of our bodies and liveswith Caverly and Suniti’s support and loving guidance. This retreat is a wonderful opportunity to master new practices, draw inspiration from community, and connect to nature.

This retreat includes:

·Movement instruction and practice

·Meditation instruction and practice

·Dharma talks daily

·Vibrant meals by Eatin’ Alive

·Time in nature

·Time for silence

·The support of conscious community

No experience required. All are welcome. 

 

 

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Suniti Dernovsek is a choreographer, performer and movement educator living in Portland.  She has been a student of dance, yoga and Buddhism for 20 years. She teaches a warm and generous style of movement that is influenced by her interest in contemporary and classical dance forms, Iyengar and Vinyasa yoga and mindfulness.  She brings her love of movement, fondness of detail and her own understanding of practice into her teaching.

 

The Bridge to Happiness Course - Scotts Valley, CA

The Bridge to Happiness Course - Scotts Valley, CA

1440 Multiversity (map)

What do we want more than happiness? We all long for it. It's the desire underneath all of our searching.

Likely you realize it can't be found externally. You may have tried to find it through forms of self-help. You've read inspiring books by great teachers. You've resonated with their wisdom. And yet you struggle to live by these truths in your daily life.

The Bridge to Happiness program supports us in living from truth. It's an accessible and informative course that integrates the world's greatest wisdom teachings. It shows you how to align your life with your deepest understanding.

The Bridge to Happiness is founded in the revolutionary understanding that your true nature is wholeness, awareness, and unconditional love. When we wake up to our true nature, our lives transform. Then contemplative practice is no longer founded on striving and searching, rather the alignment of all aspects of your life with your realization.

The Bridge to Happiness program involves a five-step process:

  1. Directing the Attention
  2. Recognizing the Conditioned Mind
  3. Accessing the Compassionate Mentor Within
  4. Moving Beyond the Duality of Self and Life
  5. Knowing Oneself as Awareness

Learn how to integrate the truths of the great wisdom traditions into their daily life.
Learn a fresh and accessible approach to contemplative practice that covers both foundational and advanced practices.
Leave with tools, structures, and supports to integrate their learnings into daily life after the retreat.
Learn how to direct the attention, recognize processes of the conditioned mind such as self-talk, and explore a unique approach to self-compassion.
Learn how to rest the attention at its source, and know oneself as awareness through:

  • Meditation
  • Guided imagery
  • Experiential exercises
  • Facilitated group discussion
  • Dyad work
  • Small group work
  • Journaling

Join us as we learn to live from authenticity and truth in daily life. Join us as we ground the depth of contemplative teachings in our everyday world.

Registration info coming soon.