At the core of the Buddha's teaching is the intent to bring to an end all sources of suffering. In our society, one source of suffering is being disempowered and marginalized by reason of our ethnic lineage, age , physical or metnal impariment, gender, sexual orientaiton, or gender identity. And another is being unconsciously empowered and privileged by these very same identities, as well as those of educational attainment, professional status, and wealth.


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Owning our identities, and learning to love who we are, just as we are, is essential. At the same time , we have to learn to embrace the Buddh's teachings that "nothing whatsoever should be clung to as "I" or "mine": that is, the necessity of letting go of everything, including constructed identities.

On this retreat, using the practices of insight and Metta Meditation, small group interviews, Dharma talks, and guided exercises, we will sit and explore this seeming paradox: noble regard for our identities at the relative level, and letting go to the absolute; owning and embracing the identities that free and empower us, and letting go of those which imprison us. We'll reflect on the importance of embracing those identities when needed, and surrendering them when we can.

May 25-26th, 2019    9 AM -5 PM

Naropa, Nalanda Campus



Terry and Lloyd are both charter class graduates of the COmmunity Dharma Leaders training program at Spirit Roch Meditation Center, and have been teaching the Dharma (sometimes together) for the last 20 years.

Dana or generosity is regared as one of the most important Buddhist virtues.

In the Buddhist tradition, the teaching are given freely because they are considered priceless; we practice dana, or generosity, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. Dana is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is given from the heart. Your generosity is a gift that supports not just the teachers, but also the Sangha, the larger Dharma community, and your practice.


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Insight Meditation Community of Colorado Presents...

A Non-Residential Weekend Retreat

with Terry Ray and Lloyd Burton