'Living With An Undefended Heart': Retreat With Visiting Teacher Mary Stancavage (Sat., 2/9/19, 9am-4:30pm)

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Please join PIMC in welcoming visiting Dharma Leader and Chaplain Mary Stancavage for a special retreat exploring her approach to mindfulness, called "Living with An Undefended Heart."

About her practice and focus, Mary writes:
"Many of us come to practice with defenses around our heart that we’re not aware of. We long for connection but find ourselves pushing others away when that’s the last thing we ever wanted. The teachings of the Buddha offer a path where we can learn to sit with ourselves and welcome our deepest fears while also melting the armor we’ve built up over the years. We can learn to let go into freedom."

During the retreat, Mary will provide a focus of investigating how we armor ourselves and how we hold on to fixed ideas that increase our suffering. There will be dharma talks and a time for practice where participants can drop into their own experience with our defenses. The group will also spend time with the heart practices of loving kindness and compassion as a way to dissolve the armor people take on without realizing it.

Come spend time in reflection and meditation on what keeps you defended and how best to move forward towards peace.  This is suitable for all levels of practitioner. There will be meditation, discussion and Q&A.


Date/Time:   Sat. 2/9/19, 9:00am-4:30pm
Location:      PIMC, 6536 SE Duke St., Portland OR 97206
Lunch: Potluck
NOTE: There will be a 45-minute silent lunch. Please bring food and/or drink to share (and please bring a clear listing of ingredients for your prepared dishes, so our friends with diet restrictions can easily take care of themselves). PIMC will provide tea and coffee.and message
Suggested Donation:    $65 (No one turned away for insufficient funds.)
To Register:   Please click HERE 
For Questions About The Retreat:   You can write to Mary by clicking HERE

Mary has practiced meditation, yoga, and cultivated a spiritual practice for over 30 years. She began studying with Noah Levine in 2005, and in 2009 was empowered to teach Buddhadharma. She worked at Against the Stream for several years. She teaches classes, retreats and does individual mentoring, and has taught at mindfulness at recovery centers. She has co-facilitated Year-to-Live groups since 2008, and has had a weekly dharma class for over ten years. A graduate of the Buddhist Chaplaincy Program at the Sati Center, she served as volunteer chaplain at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center. She also served as Executive Director of the Mind Body Awareness Project from 2016 to 2018. Mary sits on the boards of the Buddhist Insight Network and CLUE-LA: Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice. Together with JoAnna Hardy, she has created the Meditation Coalition in Los Angeles, CA (click  HERE  for more information).  Along with teaching she continues to investigate what it means to live with an undefended heart. Fun fact: Mary has a Masters Degree from UCLA and worked as an archaeologist in the Middle East.

More info can be found at her website, marystancavage.org


“If you let go a little you a will have a little peace; if you let go a lot you will have a lot of peace; if you let go completely you will have complete peace. ”
― Ajahn Chah --