3-DAY NON-RESIDENTIAL WEEKEND RETREAT, OCT 6–8, 2017
This event provides the experience of a full weekend retreat without the costs of renting a retreat facility or catering meals. We’ll be meeting from Friday evening, October 6 to late afternoon on Sunday October 8 at Doug’s home. But we’ll sleep in our own homes and get breakfasts and dinners at home. There will be home hospitality for those coming from out of town or we can help you rent a room.
We want to provide a multi-day retreat experience at as low a cost as possible. We encourage you to stay away from electronic and other kinds of media and to maintain silence as much as possible with people on and off the retreat site. Maintaining silence allows meditation to go deeper.
Style of Meditation: In the earliest records of what the Buddha actually said about meditation, we find an elegant, nuanced, and amazingly effective practice. It is a cousin to the Insight Meditation often taught in this country. And, it has differences. It rejects one-pointed concentration and emphasizes relaxation, ease, and sense of humor. It blends the cultivation of ease with cultivation of insight. As your practice deepens, the instructions shift to take advantage of the experience you have gained.
This retreat will guide you gently and deeply through this practice of kindness and wisdom. There will be Dhamma talks by Doug each day and opportunities for individual interviews to help you fine-tune your meditation practice. New and experienced meditators are welcome.
How to Register
We request a $50 deposit to hold a space for you. It will be refunded at the end of the retreat. There will be no other registration costs. Doug is the guiding teacher of the Sacramento based Easing Awake Sangha, a tax-exempt 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
The dhamma talks, daily interviews, and on-going instructions are offered freely. Donations (dana) may be given to further Doug's teaching and are gratefully accepted here.
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For more information contact:
1126 McClaren Drive,
Carmichael, CA 95608
Doug leads meditation classes and retreats in Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area. He began his exploration in meditation in 1975 and continues to be just as enthusiastic about it today as he was then. He is a senior student of Bhante Vimalaramsi. Doug studied with other Theravada teachers including John Travis, Ajahn Tong, Larry Rosenberg, Corrado Pensa, Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg, Christopher Titum, Joanna Macy, and Andy Olendski to name a few.
He teaches early Buddhist practices and is recognized as a masterful meditation guide. Doug is a counselor, therapist, and retired Unitarian Universalist Minister who lives with his wife, son, and two cats.
Doug is the author of Buddha's Map, (2013), Beginning the Journey, (2013), Circling Home (2010), and Gods and Consciousness (2001).
A sweet, wise, and spacious aliveness imbues every moment. It’s so clear, quiet, and unchanging that it draws no attention. We can go an entire lifetime without noticing it. Yet, it is there. The Buddha called it "Awakening" or the "End of Suffering." He didn’t talk about it but rather taught a way to cultivate the direct experience of it. This experience is what counts. Many contemporary schools of Buddhism have drifted away from the Buddha’s original teachings over the centuries. Now, we can still find his elegant, nuanced, and efficient path. Buddha’s Map is the tale of Doug Kraft’s journey down this awakening path, his experience of spaces within himself he never thought possible. Easy to read yet an elegant combination of autobiography and instruction, Buddha’s Map offers rare and intimate insight to the meditative states Buddhist monks are not allowed to discuss. With clear and direct advice, Kraft shares his belief in everyone’s capacity to experience the ultimate in the original Buddhist meditation practice. Learn more at www.BuddhasMap.com.