Upcoming Events

Daylong Retreat with Susan Stone

Please join us for a daylong teacher retreat with Susan Stone of the Insight Meditation Community of Charlottesville!


Date: December 8, 2018

Time: 10am – 4pm

Location: First Unitarian Universalist Church 1000 Blanton Ave. Richmond, VA 23221

Title: Live in Joy, in Love, Even Among Those Who Hate

Suggested Donation: $35-$55

Contact: Please email us at imcrichmond@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Retreat Description:

In this fraught world, it is useful to remember the Buddha’s teaching of living in joy and love even among those who hate. Looking deeply into the teaching, we realize that the way to do this requires us not only to cultivate lovingkindness and compassion for self and others, but to move into difficult territory that we almost instinctively resist; namely, our resistance to the inherent pain of Life itself, to violence, hatred, chronic lying—the list goes on. The Buddha’s 1st Noble Truth is the truth of suffering. The 2nd and 3rd Noble Truths call on us to surrender our resistance, even as we work to alleviate suffering. Susan’s Dharma talk will explore how forgiving Life for being Life is part of the pathway to living in joy and love and will examine spiritual challenges involved in doing so.

The retreat program will include guided and silent meditation, a dharma talk, mindful movement, and informal group discussion and q & a. The retreat is suitable for those new to meditation practices as well as experienced meditators.

About the Teacher:

Susan Carol Stone, Ph.D., is a teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Charlottesville and an instructor of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at UVA’s Mindfulness Center. A graduate of Spirit Rock’s CDL program, she is a mentor in Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach’s Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training Certification Program and Power of Awareness program. She has lived and led retreats at the Bhavana Society, a Theravadan monastery in West Virginia, as well as has lived at Shasta Abbey, a Zen monastery in northern California. Susan is a Zen lay priest and is author of The Sati Trilogy, historical fiction set in the time of the Buddha, available on Amazon. She is author of At the Eleventh Hour, a memoir about mindfulness and caregiving and co-author of The American Mosaic, on workforce diversity. Susan has taught mindfulness at men’s and women’s prisons and at the middle-school level. She has been a hospice volunteer, has served on the staff of the Being with Dying program at Upaya in Santa Fe, NM, and is a Reiki master who has worked with AIDS patients.

Soup and Sangha

A social dinner open to all IMC participants on the first Monday of every other month.

Next gathering: Monday, December 3, 2018



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