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Phoenicia, NY: Heart as Wide as the World Retreat

Heart as Wide as the World: Heart practices of the Buddhist and Bhakti Paths with Krishna Das, Sharon Salzberg, Lily Cushman & Nina Rao

Both the Bhakti and Buddhist paths tell us that we all have the same capacity for compassion and for peace. A life of connection and authenticity can come completely alive for us, even now when the world is in greater turmoil than ever before. We can discover that our hearts are indeed, wide enough to embrace the whole world of experience. This discovery offers us extraordinary freedom and happiness. The poet Rainer Maria Rilke beautifully describes this way of living as:

I live my life in widening circles
that reach out across the ocean
I may not ever complete the last one
But I give myself to it.’

As we give ourselves to the practices of chanting, mindfulness and lovingkindness meditation, our habitual patterns of attachment and separation are seen for what they are: painful and unnecessary. Through these practices we can begin to live in a way that is commensurate with our extraordinary potential– the potential of being truly awake. We ourselves can live with the unbounded heart of the Buddha.

In this weekend retreat, dive into the practices and teachings of the unbounded heart, led by lifelong teachers and friends, Krishna Das and Sharon Salzberg in Phoenicia, NY at the Menla Mountain Retreat Center.. Sharon and KD draw from their respective traditions of Bhakti Yoga and Buddhism for a complementary exploration of the heart as wide as the world. This immersive retreat includes periods of teaching, discussion, guided meditation, call and response chanting practice, as well as time for question and answers. The weekend also includes group chanting of the Hanuman Chalisa led by Nina Rao, and daily yoga classes led by Lily Cushman. Suitable for new or experienced practitioners.