NEW: Meet our "Urban Retreat" teachers via their contributions to the new Shambhala Sun Foundation book, In the Face of Fear: Buddhist Wisdom for Challenging Times. (Links will open in new windows.)
Wisdom for Difficult Times:
What the Buddhists Teach
A Shambhala Sun Urban Retreat with Sylvia Boorstein, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, and Zoketsu Norman Fischer
October 2, 3, and 4, 2009
Hotel Kabuki, San Francisco
can’t always control what happens to us in life, but we can change how
we react. For 2500 years, the Buddha’s teachings have helped people
work with their thoughts and emotions during times of groundlessness,
fear, or loss.
Americans have already discovered how Buddhist wisdom and practice can
help them work with personal challenges and loss. Now we can apply
these teachings to what we’re all experiencing as society goes through
you’re new to Buddhism or a long-time practitioner, join Sylvia
Boorstein, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, and Zoketsu Norman Fischer — three great
teachers from the three major Buddhist traditions — for a weekend of
Buddhist wisdom and meditation specially aimed at all the challenges of
talks, meditation practice, and question and answer sessions, these
three leading Buddhist teachers will offer help to anyone who is
looking for insight and practical techniques to help them get through
these difficult times.
DAILY SCHEDULE (subject to change)
Friday Event: "In the Face of Fear: Buddhist Wisdom for Difficult Times"
Teachings, discussion, and question and answer with Sylvia Boorstein, Tsoknyi Rinpoche and Zoketsu Norman Fischer.
Open to the general public: $25 admission
Free admission if registered for the full workshop.
Saturday, 7-8 am: Optional early-morning light yoga and stretching
Saturday AM Session: 9-11:45 am with Sylvia Boorstein: Meditation instruction, insight and metta practice, and dharma talk
Lunch Break 11:45 am-1:15 pm: Participants are on their own for Lunch
Saturday PM Session 1:15-4pm with Zoketsu Norman Fischer: Meditation instruction, Zen practice, and dharma talk
Sunday 7-8 am: Optional early-morning light yoga and stretching
Sunday AM Session 9-11:45 am with Tsoknyi Rinpoche: Meditation instruction, Dzogchen practice, and dharma talk
Lunch Break 11:45am-12:45pm: Participants are on their own for Lunch
Sunday PM Session 12:45-2 pm: Panel discussion and question and answer with Sylvia Boorstein, Tsoknyi Rinpoche and Zoketsu Norman Fischer
1625 Post St
San Francisco, C.A. 94115
*Workshop participants are offered a special room rate of $149(single) — $159(double).
Click here for special room rates
11 CEUs (RN, MFT, LCSW) are available for this urban retreat.
Download an Urban Retreat flyer to spread the word, or for your own reference.
Low resolution (ideal for emailing or quick printing). Click here.
High-resolution (for better-quality printing). Click here.
ABOUT THE TEACHERS
LCSW, PhD, is a co-founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in
Woodacre, California, and a senior teacher at the Insight Meditation
Society, Barre, Massachusetts. She has led retreats in the United
States, Canada, and Israel; is the author of five books on Buddhism and
meditation practice, most recently, Happiness Is an Inside Job:
Practicing for a Joyful Life; and is a regular columnist for the
been a psychotherapist since 1967, a panelist and workshop leader at
conferences of the American Psychiatric Association, and has published
articles in the Journal of Transpersonal Psychology.
She is currently involved in two major retreat events the Shambhala Sun
has planned for New York City and San Francisco: “Mindfulness, Love and
Relationships” and “Wisdom for Challenging Times.”
For over 15 years, Tsoknyi Rinpoche has been teaching
students worldwide about the innermost nature of mind in the Tibetan
Buddhist tradition. He is the author of two books, Carefree Dignity and
Fearless Simplicity, and has a keen interest in the ongoing dialogue
between western research, especially in neuroscience, and Buddhist
practitioners and scholars.
Tsoknyi Rinpoche is a meditation master of the Drukpa Kagyu and Nyingma
traditions. Rinpoche was born in 1966 and was recognized as a tulku at
the age of eight. His teachers include some of the most renowned
masters of Tibet, including Khamtrul Rinpoche, his father Tulku Urgyen
Rinpoche, and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Rinpoche is the spiritual head
of two nunneries and one monastery in Nepal, as well as one of the
largest nunneries in Tibet. He also heads 50+ practice centers and
hermitages with over 2,000 nuns and 900 monks. Ngesdön Ösel Ling
Monastery in Kathmandu is his seat in the East, and Yeshe Rangsal in
Crestone, Colorado, is his seat in the West.
Zoketsu Norman Fischer is a poet
and Zen Buddhist priest. For many years he has taught at the San
Francisco Zen Center, the oldest and largest of the new Buddhist
organizations in the West, where he served as Co-abbot from 1995-2000.
He is presently a Senior Dharma Teacher there as well as the founder
and spiritual director of the Everyday Zen Foundation, an organization
dedicated to adapting Zen Buddhist teachings to Western culture.
has been particularly interested in the application of Zen to issues of
Western culture and everyday life in the world. In addition to his
regular work at Zen Center, and with Everyday Zen, he has taught
extensively, with his old friend Rabbi Alan Lew, on the relationship
between Buddhist and Jewish practice. He teaches Buddhist principles to
business people, Buddhist compassion-in-action to lawyers and conflict
resolvers, and poetry writing and appreciation to children and adults.
He's led workshops at Esalen Institute in California, the Open Center
in New York City, and Hollyhock Farm, in British Columbia, as well as
at Zen Center, and teaches Zen regularly at Spirit Rock Meditation
Center in California, as well as in Canada, Mexico, and Europe. He’s
participated with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in conferences on
Buddhist Christian dialog and non-violence.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SHAMBHALA SUN'S ONGOING EVENTS PROGRAMS
Just click the banner below to visit our "Events" page.
RESOURCES AND FURTHER READING
"Wisdom for Difficult Times" has been a recurring theme in the Shambhala Sun. We've assembled some of the finest and most helpful examples from the magazine in a special online collection. Click here.
Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche on how urban living can open our hearts. As seen in our July 2009 issue.
Edited by the Shambhala Sun's Barry Boyce and being released to coincide with the Urban Retreat, this new book features the greatest contemporary Buddhist teachers and writers—people
renowned for addressing precisely the problems we’re facing
today—including the Dalai Lama, Pema Chödrön, Thich Nhat Hanh, Chögyam
Trungpa, Sylvia Boorstein, Jack Kornfield, Norman Fischer, Jon
Kabat-Zinn, Sharon Salzberg, and many others.
Click to order In the Face of Fear
Buddha/statue photo by John Bigelow Taylor