The Lotus Meditation Center strives to offer two non-residential weekend retreat experiences a year - Fall and Spring. Guest instructors provide teaching and concentrated practice to registrants. Scholarships are always available.
Fall 2015 - October 2-4
“Happiness Beyond Conditions” led by Joy Fox
Joy Fox is the creator of Wattle Hollow Retreat Center, in the Ozark mountains of Arkansas. It is a woodland sanctuary for meditation, yoga, and creativity, which she has been developing for over thirty-five years. She was previously a fruit picker, homesteader, a world-wide hitch-hiker, baker, then became a grief therapist and bereavement coordinator for Hospice.
Her root teachers, in the world of meditation, have been: S.M. Goenka, Jack Kornfield, Ruth Dennison, Soen Sa Nim, Mae chee Sansanee, and L.P. Pramote (the latter two are from Joy’s twelve winters in Thailand as a volunteer at a Buddhist retreat center). Joy just returned this spring from a small village in Tanzania, where she spent the winter in a sanctuary for (endangered) albino children and infants (Mary Mother of God Perpetual Help Center). Life continues to fascinate and mystify her.
All events will be at the Lotus Meditation Center, UND Campus. Register by mailing in the registration form or via email.
Special Event: Joy's Tales of Tanzania: Joy will present on her experience volunteering at a sanctuary for children born with albinism this Sunday Oct 4 from 1 -2 p.m. The organization, Zeru Zeru Simama Sasa, is headed by Sister Helena (a Catholic nun) to offer children protection from the African sun and people who prey upon them for ritual use. Here is a profile of Joy by her local NPR affiliate http://kuaf.com/post/ghost-children-Tanzania and her website postings http://www.wattlehollow.com/joys-tales-of-tanzania/
The talk is free and open to the public. Parking is available behind the International Centre.
Spring 2016 - March 11-13
Spring 2015 - April 10-12
OUR PRACTICE IN RELATIONSHIP TO OTHERS, Led By Debbie Stamp, Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery
Debbie Stamp was introduced to Buddhism and meditation through a 10 day retreat in Thailand while traveling in 1987. On her return to California, she stopped over in England for a brief visit which then stretched into a year, staying at both Amaravati and Chithurst Buddhist Monasteries for most of that time. Shortly after her return to California, she was invited to join a group forming with the intention of establishing a monastery in California. A year and a half after the realization of this intention, with the opening of Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery in 1996, Debbie was drawn to live near the monastery where she has been a lay resident for the past 17 years, finding community life to be very beneficial and supportive for practice.
Fall 2014 -October 17-19
METTA – THE ART OF UNCONDITIONAL KINDNESS, led By Ajahn Jotipalo, Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery, Redwood Valley, California
Ajahn Jotipalo, originally from Indiana, is a senior monk at the Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery in northern California. He became interested in Theravada Buddhism after sitting several vipasanna retreats in Massachusetts, both with S.N. Goenka and at the Insight Meditation Center. Jotipalo was introduced to Metta mediation at a retreat with Steve and Rosemary Wiseman in Thailand, back in 1995. Other influences have been the Burmese schools as taught at IMS and from various monks from Thailand. He has worked with Metta as one of several meditation objects for most of that time, and in the last two years has used it as his primary meditation object. Jotipalo has been a frequent guest speaker at Common Ground Meditation Center in Minneapolis, MN and has spent a significant amount of time at a small hermitage near Thunder Bay, Ontario called Arrow River Forest Hermitage.
COOLING THE FIRES, April 11-13, 2014, led by Mark Nunberg
Mark Nunberg began his practice in 1982 and has been teaching meditation since 1990. He co-founded Common Ground Meditation Center in Minneapolis in 1993 with Wynn Fricke and continues to serve as the center's Guiding Teacher. Mark has studied with both Asian and Western teachers and finds deep inspiration in the teachings of the Buddha. Mark practiced as a monk for five months in Burma and completed four three-month retreats at Insight Meditation Society Retreat Center, as well as many months of intensive retreat practice at The Forest Refuge. Mark continues to be a grateful student of Buddhist practice.
Transforming the Judgmental Mind, Cultivating the Wise Heart, October 4-6, 2013, led by Donald Rothberg
STAYING GROUNDED IN AN OPEN HEART an insight retreat on April 19-21, 2013 led by Susan Stone.
Susan Stone, Ph.D., teaches Mindfulness Stress Reduction at the University of Virginia and co-leads the Insight Meditation Community of Charlottesville, and has led mindfulness groups at men's and women's maximum-security prisons. Susan has been engaged in Buddhist practices for almost 30 years in the Zen and Theravadan traditions and has lived in Zen and Theravadan monasteries. Ordained as a Zen lay priest, she is author of At the Eleventh Hour (Present Perfect Books, 2001), a memoir about mindfulness and caregiving. Susan's latestbook is The Kosambi Intrigue; A Tale in the Time of the Buddha.
THE EIGHT WORLDLY WINDS:PLEASURE/PAIN, GAIN/LOSS, PRAISE/BLAME, FAME/DISREPUTE, an insight retreat on October 5-7, 2012 led by Heather Sundberg.
Heather Sundberg began teaching meditation in 1999. She has completed the four-year Spirit Rock/Insight Meditation Society Senior Teacher Training under the guidance of Jack Kornfield and Joseph Goldstein. For twenty years Heather has studied with senior teachers in the Insight Meditation and Tibetan traditions. She is a Teacher for Mountain Stream Meditation Center in the CA Sierra Foothills, and also teaches classes, day-longs and retreats nationally, especially at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. For more information about Heather.
CULTIVATING CLEAR SEEING, OPENING THE HEART, an insight meditation retreat led by Donald Rothberg on April 27 – 29, 2012
Donald Rothberg, Ph.D, is a member of the Teachers Council at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Northern California and author of several books including The Engaged Spiritual Life: A Buddhist Approach to Transforming Ourselves and the World (Beacon Press, 2006). In this retreat he will emphasize how mindfulness, wisdom, and the awakened heart are interwoven, and how to bring clear seeing and the open heart more into our daily lives.
EQUANIMITY: FINDING BALANCE OF HEART WITHIN OUR LIVES - Insight Meditation Retreat with Heather Sundberg
Heather Sundberg began teaching meditation in 1999. She has completed the four-year Spirit
Rock/Insight Meditation Society Teacher Training and continues to be mentored by Jack Kornfield.
Beginning her own meditation practice in her late teens, for twenty years Heather has studied with senior teachers in the Insight Meditation and Tibetan traditions, and has sat 1-3 months of retreat a year for over a decade. She is a Teacher for Mountain Stream Meditation Center in the CA Sierra Foothills, and also teaches classes, daylongs and retreats nationally, especially at Spirit Rock Meditation Center.
FALLING IN LOVE WITH THE PRESENT: THE MINDFULL WAY TO FREEDOM - An Insight Meditation Retreat with Lynn Rossy
Lynn Rossy returned to the Lotus Meditation Center to lead the retreat and presented a session on mindful-based eating on the UND Campus the Monday following.
LIVING WITH LOVE, LETTING GO: An Insight Meditation Retreat with Susan Stone
Susan Stone, Ph.D., teaches Mindfulness Stress Reduction at the University of Virginia and co-leads the Insight Meditation Community of Charlottesville, and has led mindfulness groups at men's and women's maximum-security prisons. Susan has been engaged in Buddhist practices for almost 30 years in the Zen and Theravadan traditions and has lived in Zen and Theravadan monasteries. Ordained as a Zen lay priest, she is author of At the Eleventh Hour (Present Perfect Books, 2001), a memoir about mindfulness and caregiving.
THE JOY OF MINDFULESS: An Insight Meditation Retreat with Lynn Rossy
Lynn Rossy’s career and personal trajectory have been interwoven with spiritual practice, teaching, and researching since 1989. She is the founder of the Mindfulness Practice Center at the University of Missouri where she teaches mindfulness programs to faculty and staff. She has been teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Programs since 2001 and has done extensive training at the Center for Mindfulness in Massachusetts. Having completed the Community Dharma Leader training through Spirit Rock Meditation Center, she teaches Vipassana meditation as part of the Teacher’s Collective at Show Me Dharma in Columbia, Missouri, where she serves as President of the Board of Directors. She completed a 200-hour National Yoga Alliance Yoga Teacher Certification Program at Kripalu Institute. A Course in Miracles greatly influences her teaching. Facilitating groups for 10 years in this tradition, she remains a student of the Course. Her spiritual perspective is influenced by Theravadan and Tibetan Buddhism, Yogic Principles, and Christian mystical tradtions.
RADICAL INTIMACY: An Insight Meditation Retreat with David Chernikoff
David Chernikoff began the study and practice of meditation in 1971 and started teaching insight meditation in 1988. He trained as a yoga teacher at the Integral Yoga Institute and completed the Community Dharma Leader Program at Spirit Rock meditation Center. His teaching has been influenced by senior teachers from the Insight Meditation Society and Spirit Rock, Tibetan teachers he studied with during a 3-year stay in Nepal, and spiritual guides from other contemplative traditions, most notably Ram Dass, Father Thomas Keating, and Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. David teaches meditation and psychology at Naropa University and has a private practice as a psychotherapist and spiritual counselor in Boulder. He is one of the guiding teachers of the Insight Meditation Community of Colorado.