North American Order of Interbeing Retreat
June 23 - June 27
Cultivating True Love in the Presence of Suffering
Blue Cliff Monastery, Deer Park Monastery, and Magnolia Grove Monastery are hosting an online retreat for Order of Interbeing members and formal aspirants, from Thursday, June 24 to Sunday, June 27 with the theme Cultivating True Love in the Presence of Suffering.
For those of you interested and able, Deer Park Monastery invites up to 40 participants to stay with us at Deer Park as an additional registration. We will follow the online retreat schedule but will also be able to sit together, eat together, walk together, and practice dharma sharing together in the great hidden mountain of Deer Park.
What you need to know:
- You will need to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and be able to provide proof of vaccination.
- Be able to arrive at Deer Park the afternoon before the online retreat. So, arrival is Wednesday, June 23.
- Be an Order of Interbeing member or a formal aspirant working with a dharma teacher.
- Register for the online component through Blue Cliff Monastery.
- Register for the in-person component through Deer Park Monastery.
Thank you to everyone who has expressed interest in this special retreat. Registration is now full, but we accepting registrations on a waiting list. To add your name to the retreat waiting list, kindly create one entry for each person who would like to attend.
Our beloved teacher, Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, teaches us that when we practice true love, we awaken to the understanding that our suffering is interconnected with the suffering of others. If we cut ourselves off from the reality of suffering, whether our own or that of others, we cannot have compassion. True love invites us to move beyond contemplation in the presence of suffering to compassionate involvement. Just as our Trainings invite us to be aware of suffering, we acknowledge the suffering of these past months for so many: Covid, unprovoked police shootings of BIPOC people, climate change, political polarization, social and economic injustices, growing threats to the rights of members of the LGBTQIA+ community. We practice to see clearly our own suffering in the moment, so that we do not compound suffering in ourselves or in those whom we aspire to serve. Practicing true love in this way, we have compassion and understanding to act to alleviate the causes of suffering and to cultivate joy and peace in ourselves and others.
In this retreat, lay and monastic Order of Interbeing members and aspirants will come together to deepen our understanding of and connection with one another in our suffering, honor our lineage, celebrate our diversity, and share the teachings and practices that support us as together we practice true love and build Beloved Community.
The times invite us to pause, look deeply, and transform the causes of suffering within ourselves, within others, and within our society. Hearing the teachings from diverse voices, we will look deeply at the intersection of mindfulness practice and cultural and individual trauma, and develop our capacities to alleviate suffering in ourselves and in our communities.