[Live-Stream] 1st Saturday Retreat Series at PIMC, with Doug Pullin (Sat., June 5, 2021)

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Doug Pullin looks forward to sharing the June edition of the 1st Saturday Retreat with you - a day of enriching and deepening your practice.

This retreat will be hosted on Zoom.


We are committed to making the exploration of practices and teachings of the Buddha relevant and accessible in today’s world. It is important to welcome all people of every age, ethnicity, cultural heritage and religious background, socio-economic group, ability, sexual orientation and gender identity. In this way we aspire to follow in the footsteps of the Buddha, who offered his teachings of awakening and freedom freely to everyone without exception. While there is a registration link, there is also a scholarship option available for you to give as you can to help continue the time-honored teachings of the Buddha. You will get the zoom link from your receipt.


The first Saturday retreat series is a perfect opportunity to jump start or reinvigorate your daily practice, connect with community members, and gain a comfortable introduction to the power of noble silence. 

Although these retreats are great for beginning students, they are not designed as introductions to meditation. Some basic meditation experience is required to get the most out of this experience.

(These regular monthly retreats at PIMC are always the 1st Saturday of the month.)


Date/Time: Saturday, June 5, 2021 9 AM - 2 PM

To register, please click      HERE

NOTE: Pre-registration is required. The Zoom video conferencing link will be included in your email confirmation after you register.

Suggested Dana: $50 (no one is turned away for lack of funds)

About The Teacher:

Doug’s teaching is an integration of Western psychology, neuroscience, Eastern spiritual practices, mindful attention to life, and compassionate engagement in the world. While remaining true to the core of the Dharma, his approach is relevant and accessible to our culture today. Doug’s focus is on practices that lead directly to freedom from suffering, awakening joy, and deepening compassion.

Doug has a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology, and Masters in Social Work. He has also received training in Nonviolent Communication, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Hakomi Body Centered Therapy, EMDR, Psychodynamic therapy, Narrative Therapy, Systemic Family Therapy, Dialectal Behavior Therapy, Interpersonal Neurobiology and neuroscience research, In addition to teaching at PIMC Doug is offers mindfulness based psychotherapy and consultation in private practice.


Please join me for a day of practice with a focus on the experiential understanding of taking refuge. Life can be really difficult at times, and it is helpful to know where we can find true refuge. There are so many places that we are drawn to seek it like power, belief systems and ideologies, money, fame or social position, relationships, family, children, sexuality, food, drugs or alcohol. These are all unstable and impermanent places that do not lead to freedom. The Buddha guides us toward an inner refuge that is revealed through Dharma practice  In Buddhism, refuge is a metaphor for wakefulness or presence. It is a reminder of the basic orientation in Buddhist practice, namely, that suffering comes to end only through being awake and present.  Like setting an intention or dedicating ourselves to a goal, taking refuge reorients our life. Our refuge becomes an inspiration, a touchstone, a wellspring to draw from at every challenge we face.
Since the first days of the Buddha’s teaching, if a person wanted to become a follower of the path, all they had to do was recite, “I take refuge in the Buddha, I take refuge in the Dharma (the teachings), I take refuge in the Sangha (the community of practitioners).” There is nothing to join, nothing to become – simply this turning of the heart. This practice is about discovering the inner refuge, the refuge in that reality which is awake, undying, or unconditioned. We sometimes speak of this as the "Buddha Nature" or the "Awakened Heart/Mind".
Taking interior refuge becomes more urgent and fervent as our wisdom deepens and we experience directly that no exterior refuge is ultimately safe or satisfying. The practice of calming the mind, cultivating awareness, and noticing the reality of our lives leads to a profound motivation to go deeper still. The very act of looking, seeking inwardly, may take us beyond words, beyond liking and disliking, beyond coming and going, to the vast and loving consciousness that lies before, beneath, and within all conditioned phenomena. 
You are invited to join us for a day of practice to explore together what taking refuge in Buddha, Dharma and Sangha actually means. There will be guided and silent meditation, a Dharma talk, and an opportunity for sharing.