Awakening the Mind of Love: Attending to our Deepest Desire
“What do you want to do with your life? That is the question. Of course, you have the right to look for material and affective comforts, but that is not your deepest desire. Do you have an ultimate concern? Do you know the meaning of your life? That can be a tremendous source of energy.” -Thich Nhat Hanh
The Mind of Love, also called bodhicitta in Sanskrit, is the desire to awaken, serve and relieve suffering. It is a tremendous source of energy for personal and collective awakening. Without it, we would not be drawn to spiritual practice or towards social transformation. How can we awaken to our true calling and deepest desire in this life? We will study the Buddha’s teachings on the Four Nutriments to understand the role of volition, or intention, in awakening the mind of love.
During this one-day sit we will take time to fully experience our bodies, hearts and minds, through sitting and walking meditation, mindful movement, teachings, and group sharing. We will also explore the mind of love using the improvisational forms of InterPlay, an active and creative approach to unlocking the wisdom of the body (appropriate for all bodies and abilities). A vegetarian lunch will be served.
For those interested in an opportunity to initiate an exploration of these topics, please note that visiting teacher Kaira Jewel Lingo will be offering a dharma talk on Saturday, March 31, at 11 a.m. (no registration required).
Retreat cost: Sustaining $80 / Base $65 / Members $40
BZC offers retreats on a sliding scale basis to allow participants to pay according to individual means. Please consider giving at our sustaining rate, which directly supports inclusive community attendance on this retreat.
Registration for this retreat is now closed.
Partial scholarships are available for retreats such as this one. To apply for a scholarship, please use this link and wait for approval before registration. Scholarship applications are due by March 21 at 11.59 p.m.
Please note our cancellation policy: To request a refund for this event, you must notify BZC in writing at least one week before the beginning of the course or event. Refunds are issued for any and all cancellations up to seven days before an event less a $10 processing fee. Less than seven days before an event, we do not offer refunds. There are no refunds for events with registration fees under $50.
About Kaira Jewel Lingo
Kaira Jewel Lingo teaches meditation and mindfulness internationally, with a focus on activists, people of color, artists, educators, families, and youth. She began practicing mindfulness in 1997. An ordained nun of 15 years in Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing, she is now based in Washington, D.C., leading retreats in the U.S. and internationally, offering mindfulness programs for educators and youth in schools, as well as individual spiritual mentoring. She edited Thich Nhat Hanh’s, Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children and has articles and chapters published in numerous magazines and books, including Real World Mindfulness for Beginners; Together we are One; and Dharma, Color and Culture. She explores the interweaving of art, play, ecology and spiritual practice and is a certified yoga teacher and InterPlay leader. She also offers spiritual mentoring to individual clients. In addition to her roots in the Zen tradition, she practices and teaches in the Insight tradition and is an affiliate teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington. Visit kairajewel.
Access Notes: There is one short flight of stairs leading to the entrance to the building. Please press 3-0 to be buzzed in. The center is located at the top of a steeper second staircase of 28 steps. A ramp and elevator are available via an alternate entrance; please email in advance if you need access. Chairs, benches, and extra support cushions are available. We are not yet a fragrance-free space; our hand soap is scented with essential oils. If you have any additional questions about accessibility, please contact us at email@example.com.