* * * Cultivating Our Courageous Hearts * * *

Deepening the heart's capacity for loving connection with ourselves and with others


Note: To apply to either the Wednesday or Thursday group, see the very bottom of this web page.

Wednesday Night Group
Program Dates: Saturdays, March 12th to Saturday, June 11th, 2022
Day Retreats Sundays from 9:50am-5:30pm on March 12th, Apr 9th, May 7th, and June 11th
Wednesday Zoom Classes: 6:30pm-8:30pm online

Thursday Afternoon Group
Program Dates: Sunday, March 13th to Sunday, June 12th, 2021
Day Retreats: Sundays from 9:50am-5:30pm on March 13th, Apr 10th, May 8th, and June 12th
Thursday Zoom Classes: 4:30pm-6:30pm online

Description: A small group of 16 experienced students will meet once per week during a 12-week program. We will follow the Buddha's teachings on the four Brahma viharas (sacred refuges) and cultivate greater kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity in our relationship with ourselves and with others.

Together we create a courageous practice period in the middle of our daily routines. With the support of the group and teacher, we explore the Brahma vihara practices to purify, strengthen, and deepen heart based wisdom. These Brahma viharas will be taught in the context of liberation from within our house holder lives.

During a program like this we discover our ordinary home lives can be a place of cultivating the greater freedom and ease of the 3rd noble truth - the end of dukkha (suffering and discontent).

This Program consists of four daylong retreats, weekly classes, and up to four private meetings with the teacher during the program. All times listed are for the pacific time zone.
Cost: $950-$750 sliding scale. Work exchange and scholarships offered for those with lower incomes.
Prerequisites: At least three silent week-long mindfulness, insight or loving-kindness retreats within the last five years.

For more information please contact our registrar email: tempeldpp [at] gmail.com


Tempel Smith began practicing intensive Insight and Metta retreats in 1989 under the guidance of Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein and Michele McDonald. He spent a year as a monk in Myanmar with Sayadaw U Pandita and Pa Auk Sayadaw, and has been teaching since 1997. He is the founder of BASE House, a collective of Buddhist activists and service providers. Tempel is on the Teachers Council at Spirit Rock, and leads the SRMC Dedicated Practitioner Program (DPP).


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