Joyful Discipline: A Meditation Retreat

with Bryan Mendiola

June 3rd (2018)

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    Room: Rockland
    Joyful Discipline:
    A Meditation Retreat

    with Bryan Mendiola

    Saturday, June 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Half-day option available.

    Deepen self-awareness, experience joy, 
    and explore how to be of benefit to the world. 

    Click here to register! (
    Join us for a day of practice exploring joyful discipline and the path of the Bodhisattva Warrior. In the morning, we will delve into the discipline of meditation as a way to more fully connect to ourselves and discover how "discipline brings joy.” The Bodhisattva Warrior views meditation as a means of making oneself ever more present and available for the benefit of others. Through practice, we open ourselves up to being in relationship with each other and with our world in a joyful, awake, and engaged way. Meditation instruction will be provided.
    In the afternoon, we will have an opportunity to engage in a group dialogue practice known as social meditation. Together, we will more fully explore connection, presence, and understanding in relationships, particularly when it comes to social-cultural identity. What are the personal, emotional, and societal obstacles to authentic relationships with those different from ourselves? How can we use the practice of meditation to realize more gentleness, openness, awareness, and honesty, even in our most challenging relationships? These are questions at the heart of the Bodhisattva Warrior and the path of joyful discipline.
    Schedule: Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with tea, coffee, and a light breakfast. Please arrive no later than 8:45 a.m. Practice starts at 9 a.m. There will be a lunch break mid-day. Afternoon registration begins at 12:45 p.m. 
    Level: Open to everyone, including beginners and experienced practitioners; students in any tradition are welcome.

    Suggested donation: $75 for full day or $35 for half-day; donations in any amount are graciously accepted.
    Registration: Early registration is recommended to save your space and it also helps the staff plan for the program. Click here to register and pay online You may also contact Rachel at [email protected] or 207-594-1694 to register and discuss other payment options.

    Generosity policy: We have a generosity policy to make our offerings available to all who wish to participate. If the suggested amounts are an obstacle for you, please consider what is possible in your current situation and offer as much of the program fee as you can. Kindly register ahead by email. Thank you!

    Bryan Mendiola has been a practicing Buddhist since 2007. He has held positions at Shambhala Boston on the Board of Trustees and as chair of the Diversity Committee. He began his teacher training in Shambhala in 2013. Mendiola grew up in Milwaukee, WI, the youngest of three children of immigrant parents from the Philippines. He now lives with his wife and two-year-old son in Portland, and he works as a psychologist at Bowdoin College in Brunswick.