Wise Effort Retreat Saturday, July 17, 2021

This half-day retreat, “Finding Our Own Wise Effort,” will be held Saturday, July 17, 9am – 1pm.

To register please submit your information on our event listing or by sending an email to retreats@stillmountainmeditation.org.

True happiness arises from wholesome states of mind. To nurture and sustain the mind in wholesome states we can cultivate Wise Effort and the Four Great Efforts: 1) To guard against the unwholesome from arising, 2) to abandon the unwholesome that has arisen, 3) to cultivate the wholesome that has not yet arisen, 4) to maintain the wholesome that has already arisen. This retreat will investigate these four great efforts and what motivates us to work with them. We will explore the ways in which wise effort is a necessary aspect of our sitting practice, and how wise effort helps us live with more ease and skill in our daily interactions. There will be short dharma talks and 20-30 minute sittings. We will have stretch breaks each hour (and a longer 15 minute one to give us an opportunity to get a snack before the final hour). Beginning instruction will not be offered and we welcome all those who have a mindfulness meditation practice.

This retreat is offered in the spirit of dana. We look forward to sharing the Dharma with you. Hugh Danville, Karen Mori, and Ken Morley will be leading the retreat.

Giving Project Workgroup

Thank you to everyone who volunteered for our workgroup to mindfully assess the function of our Giving Project.

We have been talking about our Giving Project for a long time. We have even had several community discussions about charitable giving as an organization. Unfortunately, we have not made much progress.

We realized some time ago that, as an organization, we have more money than we need right now to continue operating. Seeing the great need in the world, particularly this year, we have been moved to find a way to put this money to good use through charitable giving. We are calling this our Giving Project.

The Teacher Council suggested that we form a small group to mindfully develop a process to help us identify organizations and parameters for charitable giving. This process will be thoroughly informed by the Dharma.