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Weekend Retreat “Meditation as an Act of Love”

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We hope you will be able to join Anushka Fernandopulle “Meditation as an Act of Love” September 16 – 18, at the Palolo Zen Center, Honolulu, Hawai’i.

When we develop meditation as loving awareness, we cultivate a beautiful way of living that supports wisdom and balance. We pay attention well to what we love and we learn to be present with a warm, open gaze for whatever shows up. This kind, gentle awareness brings mindfulness and metta (lovingkindness) practice together as one. We can learn about the truth of the way things are and learn to bear life’s difficulties with grace.

We will be practicing meditation from the Buddhist tradition in silence together through mindful sitting, walking,eating, and listening. Practice will be supported by guided meditations, Dharma talks, and time for practicequestions with the teacher. You will be asked to let go of reading, writing, and technology for the weekend to learn to listen well to the heart. Join Anushka Fernandopulle to explore meditation as an act of love.

Anushka Fernandopulle teachs meditation, works as an organizational consultant, and conducts leadership coaching with individuals and teams. Her work brings Eastern practices to Western modern life, making them accessible for individuals and organizations. She is currently writing a book on Mindfulness and Leadership (Parallax Press, Fall 2016). Fernandopulle has been involved in movements for social justice and civil rights and has work with many community organizations. She was born and raised on the US East Coast soon after her family immigrated from Sri Lanka.

Fernandopulle has been formally trained in Buddhist meditation since 1989, primarily Vipassana or Insight Meditation (the root of secular Mindfulness meditation).  After studying Buddhism at Harvard, she spent four years in full-time intensive meditation training in monasteries and retreat centers in the US,India and Sri Lanka. In the twenty years since then she has continued to practice in daily life, studied the Pali Canon, and spent at least one month in intensive silent retreat most years.

Her Buddhist teaching lineage runs through Mahasi Sayadaw (Burma), Ajahn Chah (Thailand), and Sri Lankan Buddhist monastics. She teaches meditation workshops and retreats in organizations and retreat centers around the world.