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Jennifer Colmore & Chris Larson

THE PRACTICE OF CONSCIOUS COMPASSIONATE AWARENESS

OCT 23 - 27, 2013
4 nights
$150 deposit/$300 total
Plus Dana

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THE PRACTICE OF CONSCIOUS COMPASSIONATE AWARENESS

True nature, our intrinsic goodness, is always here and is unchanged by anything that occurs. However, direct experience of true nature is often obscured by the web of beliefs and opinions we hold about what life is, how life should be, and how we should be different from the way we are. We call the "structure" that works to keep true nature masked in this way "egocentric, karmic conditioning" or "conditioned mind."

Luckily, conditioned mind operates in patterns and by tactics that can be easily recognized. With sincere practice we can examine every aspect of this structure and free ourselves from it—leaving us with the peace, ease, and expansiveness that is our true nature. We call this the Practice of Conscious Compassionate Awareness.

Join us in an exploration of this practice. The retreat will include workshop sessions, sitting and walking meditation, opportunities for individual guidance, group discussions and, as always, time to enjoy the serenity and beauty of Southern Dharma's mountain setting. Folks of all levels of meditation experience are welcome. Please note: A digital voice recorder with earphones is required for this retreat. The recorder will be essential to your personal practice during the retreat.


Jen Colmore has trained monastically for the last thirteen years. She is a senior monk at the Zen Monastery Peace Center in Murphys, CA, where she is also coordinator of the Africa Vulnerable Children Project. Jen is a full-time student and teacher of awareness practice, facilitating workshops and retreats at the Monastery and around the country.

Chris Larson has been a lay practitioner with the Zen Monastery Peace Center in Murphys, CA, since 1988 and has facilitated workshops and retreats for twelve years. He lives with his wife and daughter in Asheville, where he serves as guide for Mountain Zen Center.

Both Chris and Jen have studied extensively with Cheri Huber and practice a unique style of Zen Buddhism that is easily accessible and readily applicable to daily life in western culture.