"Letting Go – Not a Rationalization of the Status Quo”, with Matthew Brensilver , Sacramento Dharma Center, Saturday, 11. January 2020

This Retreat
The Buddha named clinging as the well-spring of suffering. Just as a tapestry is composed of thread, our suffering is composed of clinging. We cling to views and conventions, to sense pleasure and to the sense of self. Ultimately, the strategies of clinging are attempts to create happiness and safety. But we can’t hold a river in our hands – the world will not stay still. In letting go, we are not released into a destabilizing world but instead let go into a heart full of confidence, a mind full of peace.
While letting go is deep medicine, it is not the medicine for all disease. Indeed, sometimes, letting go is misused as a rationalization of passivity or disengagement. But non-clinging actually increases the poignancy of suffering and the urgency of our moral concern.
The fee is on a sliding scale of $20 to $60, according to ability.  A few days prior to the retreat the minimum fee increases to $25. Please consider that registration does not include a donation for the teacher. You can donate to the teacher on the day of the event.   

Until Tuesday, Jan. 7:    $20 to $60
After Tuesday, Jan. 7:    $25 to $60

Scholarships are available upon request.  No one will be turned away for lack of funds.  Please contact the registrar, Julie, at to arrange for financial assistance. 
If you wish to pay at the door or via check to the registrar, those options are available to you on the payment information page after you click the green "Register" button, enter the desired money amount and click the green "Checkout" button.  

Matthew Brensilver, PhD, is a member of the Teachers Council and Guiding Teachers Executive Committee at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. He previously served as Program Director for Mindful Schools and for more than a decade, was a core teacher at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society. He lectures at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center about the intersections between mindfulness and mental health. Before committing to teach meditation full-time, he spent years doing research on addiction pharmacotherapy at the UCLA Center for Behavioral and Addiction Medicine. He is the co-author of two books about meditation in adolescence.
In consideration of welcoming all, please refrain from wearing scented products while at SBMG. Thank you for your kindness.
Details to Consider

Please try to arrive between 8:45 a.m.  and 9:15 a.m. to register and settle in. 
Bring a covered mug or water bottle, special writing materials (if you have them), a bag lunch and your personal cushion if you have one.
Chairs and cushions will be available at the retreat, as well as tea and hot water. 
In the spirit of doing no harm, we ask that you refrain from using scented products that may affect others.  The Dharma Center is wheelchair accessible.
SBMG hosts teachers from all Buddhist traditions at weekly meetings and monthly daylong retreats.  All have been welcome since 1991.  SBMG is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Please contact registrar if you have any questions.

"Dana" is the Pali word for generosity and is the first paramita in Buddhism.  You will be invited to give an additional teacher donation on the day of the retreat to thank and honor the teacher yourself as these teachings are priceless and freely given by the teacher (meaning they don't charge a specific fee).
The registration fee contributes to the rent, administrative costs, teacher travel, and material expenses for both this retreat as well as SBMG's ongoing Sunday Night programs. 

Saturday, 11. January 2020, Sacramento Dharma Center, "Letting Go – Not a Rationalization of the Status Quo”, with Matthew Brensilver

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