Come Join Us in
A Day of Practice in Noble Silence
October 25th
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Heller Nature Center
Highland Park, IL

Circle of Stillness…
is pleased to sponsor a Day of Practice to create an opportunity to deepen our meditation practice in the beautiful woods of Heller Nature Center. The day will offer 30 minute periods of sitting and walking meditation, an inspiring dharma talk by the beloved teacher, John Peacock and yoga/Qigong.
You can find directions at the link below:

Bring a Light Lunch
Mid-day, we’ll take an hour for lunch and time for quiet reflection, walking in the woods and/or meditation. We will have access to a refrigerator and provide tea and coffee throughout the day.

Cost and Registration
There is no cost for attending this Day of Practice, however a basket for dana will be available. In the Buddhist tradition, dana refers to the act of giving and the donation itself. The money collected will go toward future retreats.

Please Register in Advance
by emailing Janice Widran at jwidran.hp@gmail.com

Please remember to bring whatever you need (cushion/bench, blanket, shawl, etc.) so you can be in an alert & relaxed sitting posture. There will be plenty of chairs available for those who prefer them.


An evening with author, teacher and fellow practitioner Dr. Jay Michaelson.

Sunday, November 1st at Ravenswood Sangha (Ravenswood Therapy Group office, 4636 N Ravenswood Ave) 7pm – 8:45pm.

The Gate of Tears: Difficult Emotions on the Contemplative Path

Sadness and joy can coexist.  That is the message of the sixth book by Dr. Jay Michaelson, The Gate of Tears: Sadness and the Spiritual Path.  Drawing on Jay’s fifteen years of teaching in Jewish and Buddhist communities, The Gate of Tears explores the Buddha’s insight that it is possible to know and coexist with difficult emotions, rather than repress, indulge, avoid, or attempt to banish them.  Written in the period following the loss of Michaelson’s mother, The Gate of Tears is ultimately a book about happiness: the happiness that does not depend on conditions.

As a meditation teacher (now teaching jhana in the tradition of Ayya Khema and Leigh Brasington), Jay is known for conveying challenging subjects in an accessible, humorous style, and this conversation (not a reading!) promises to be just that.  As both a dharma teacher (and author of 2013’s Evolving Dharma: Meditation, Buddhism, and the Next Generation of Enlightenment) and as a public figure who regularly appears on national media, he argues for a different kind of leadership, one that embraces vulnerability and affirms our deepest humanity.

Praise for The Gate of Tears:

Jay Michaelson’s incisive and exquisitely profound insights into our human condition come in full force in The Gate of Tears. APensees for our time, The Gate of Tears offers deep thinking about our lives that gets us thinking – and feeling. Here we have an antidote to the mindless feel-good ideology, and gentle instructions in attending to the fullness of our experience so we see the value in the downs, not just the ups.  Our inner world will never seem the same.

– Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence, and A Force for Good: The Dalai Lama’s Vision for Our World

The Gate of Tears is a beautifully written, transformative book. Jay Michaelson guides us, instead of denying, avoiding, explaining away or resisting sadness, to go right into the heart of it. There we find open space, true love of life, and, perhaps most redeeming, one another. — Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness

Unfortunately space is limited, so we ask that you reserve your space ahead. Click here to RSVP at Eventbrite.  Also, plan to bring your cushion. For more information contact Quincy at  ravenswood@insightchicago.org.

Mindfulness Practices That Heal

Friday, October 16, 6:00 p.m.Sunday, October 18, 3:00 p.m.

Santikaro  Mindfulness is an essential skill in spiritual life that allows us to be present with and inquire into the realities of our lives. It can be cultivated with a wide range of experiences and themes. Many of these naturally foster physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. This retreat will introduce a number of these practices: healthy breathing, body scans, wholesome pleasure, gratitude, and elemental properties. Guided meditations, group interviews, noble silence, and plenty of time for meditation will support exploration and growth in these practices.

Santikaro is the founder of Liberation Park, a Buddhist retreat center in Wisconsin. There he teaches Buddhism and meditation with an emphasis on the early Pali sources. He was a Buddhist monk for 19 years and a disciple of the renowned Thai meditation master Buddhadasa Bhikkhu.

As space is limited, early registration is encouraged.

Retreat sessions, meals, private lodging—-$350
Retreat sessions, meals, shared lodging—-$250
Retreat sessions, meals—-$150

Register Here

 Date:   Saturday October 3, 2015 – 1:00-5:00 pm

This session focuses on simple practices that counteract the common habits of mind that tend to cause trouble in meditation. The Buddhist teaching on Hindrances — obstructing moods and distracting thoughts that interfere with inner calm, clarity, and insight — provide a framework for recognizing such habits. After a quick survey of participants’ experiences with them, we will test drive counter-balancing wholesome tendencies.

The format will be experiential, with guided practices and plenty of time for trying out suggestions and clearing up questions. Suitable for beginners and experienced meditators.

Location:     5115 North Ravenswood, 2nd Floor (Just south of Foster, east of Damen)
Date:           Saturday October 3, 2015
Time:           Arrive and set up at 12:30 pm. Workshop starts promptly at 1 pm.

Please bring mats, cushions, and kneelers if you use them. Comfortable chairs will be provided.

Workshop is limited to 30 people. To attend you must register through EventBrite. The registration fee is $15 to cover expenses.

For Santikaro’s effort & teaching, dana is suggested. All dana supports Liberation Park and his work.

Insight Chicago is organizing a visit to Liberation Park in Wisconsin over the weekend of August 28th. Liberation Park is a meditation community founded by Santikaro, former monk and student of the Thai teacher Ajahn Buddhadasa.

Greetings! You are invited to join a group from the Chicago area for a special weekend visit to Liberation Park.  You will experience first-hand this unique, Buddha-Dhamma refuge in a beautiful, natural setting in southwest Wisconsin.  Guided by Santikaro, we will spend a weekend immersed in practice, Dhamma, connection with nature, silence , and community.

For more details and registration, go to the event page.

Liberation Park Grass

chicagomap5A new Insight Chicago meditation group is starting July 20th in Gold Coast near downtown Chicago.

Please join us for Vipassana mindfulness meditation. We’re trying out this new location:

WHEN: Monday evenings from 7 to 8:30 starting July 20

WHERE: 808 North Lake Shore Drive at Chicago Avenue in the Chicago Park District field-house; no stairs; fully accessible; limited street parking with meters

DETAILS: Chairs for as many as 20 people will be available. It’s a tile floor so if you want to use a cushion, you will need to bring your own matt along with the cushion.

QUESTIONS: Email Nicholas at lakeshore@insightchicago.org.

FORMAT: 35-minute sit, followed by a dharma talk and a discussion.

Lake Shore Meditation Group

Bodhi LeafInsight Chicago is happy to announce our first day of sitting and walking meditation of 2015.

Insight Chicago Meditation Community invites meditation practitioners to a community-led day of mindfulness on Saturday, May 23rd in Lincoln Park. Practice will including alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation with recorded dhamma talks. Lunch will not be provided, so bring your own. Please also bring your own cushions. Chairs will be provided.

Go to http://icmc-2015-may-dom.eventbrite.com for registration information. Contact Quincy at ravenswood@insightchicago.org if you have any questions.


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