natural awareness
relaxed presence, unfabricated, flowing, just as it is

 may all be healthy, happy, at ease in their body, at home in the world

The Heart of Freedom

Lovingkindness, Compassion,
Joy, & Equanimity

A Residential Retreat
with George Draffan

October 30 – November 2, 2014

Cumberland Mountain State Park

Crossville Tennessee

For to be free is not merely
to cast off one’s chains,
but to live in a way that
respects and enhances
the freedom of others.

~  Nelson Mandela

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How do our self-images and emotions
influence our relationships?

How can we cultivate kindness,
compassion, joy, and equanimity?

How can we become “the change
we wish to see in the world”?

If we look carefully into our experience, we may uncover the root of personal and collective suffering: reactive emotions and behaviors rooted in the misperception of being a solid, separate, permanent self at odds with others and the world.

In Buddhist tradition, kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity are key to transforming how we see things and how we live. As we uncover and strengthen these natural qualities, we find the source of genuine happiness and freedom: moving beyond self-centeredness to serve others.

This residential retreat will consist of guided contemplation, silent meditation, and facilitated discussion to apply compassion, insight, and power. We will also practice gentle tai chi exercises for awareness and flexibility in daily life.

This program is suitable for everyone, regardless of past experience with meditation or retreat. The only prerequisite is a willingness to question one’s assumptions and to sincerely explore creative possibilities for transformation.

George Draffan is a Seattle-based practitioner and teacher of Buddhist meditation and Taoist energy practices.. more here...