powered by:
 [PHP] + [mySQL]

Open Dharma Newsletter


~ March Newsletter

(Photo: Hardwar, by Jaya.)

In this newsletter

~ News
~ The Monthly Theme--Space and Intimacy, by Jaya.
~ Meditation Teachers on Video, by Evan.
~ Rest in the U.S., by Julia, Nico & Jessica.
~ A Walking Pilgrimage
~ Upcoming Events


~ News


Jaya will do one-to-one interviews of 10-15 minutes each via Skype on Friday, 8 June, between 4pm - 5:30pm Spanish time. If you would like to schedule a time for an interview, please email Alison: interviews (at) opendharma.org.
Radio Dharma
Jaya will give a radio dharma talk over the free internet radio site blogtalkradio.com on Saturday, 9 June at 4:30 pm Spanish time. (The site lists the start time at noon, as it's based in the Eastern US.) Please join in by following this link.  If you don't want to miss these events, then click on "follow," just under the Open Dharma logo. 

Deep Rest in Maine
Open Dharma is offering a second retreat in North America this summer--a three day Deep Rest retreat led by Jaya on the wild and wooded Blue Hill peninsula of Maine, 25 - 28 August. While camping on rolling land that serves as the local zendo, we will have the opportunity to practice together in nature, in the beautiful tatami mat-lined hall, in silence and in connected movement. Please join in for this first retreat in Maine, or pass along the info to friends. Email Jessica: opendharma.maine@gmail.com.

Si and Yes
There has been a slight change for the Deep Rest retreat in Spain 6 -1 2 July: It will now be conducted in both Spanish and in English. Spanish speakers and non-Spanish speakers are very welcome. And those who are bilingual will have the best of both worlds. 

Your Feedback
There is a new online feedback form that you can fill in, even if you participated in an Open Dharma retreat months or even years ago, with a space on the form to write in the date of the retreat attended. Please share your thoughts by following this link--and many thanks to Evan-ji, who created the form and also managed several retreats in a row with Open Dharma this season in India.

Taking Care
There is space for one caretaker at Dharmaloca, our eco-hermitage in Catalonia, Spain, an on-going need. The caretaker live, works, and apprentices at Dharmaloca for a minimum of 3 months--helping with the permaculture garden and facilities, welcoming guests, keeping an eye on the horses, and other essential work depending on your abilities and the needs of the time and place.  There is time for your own practice, and much solitude in winter. Please email  Gemma for more information: gemmaji(at)gmail.com

~ The Monthly Theme

Jaya offers the monthly practice theme for March ~ Space and Intimacy 

When a tree has enough space, it can thrive.  In isolation, it might suffer drought, or it might not receive the cross-pollination its flowers need to fruit.
We also know the quality healthy space gives us and our complex communities.
What helps us feel, feed and feed on the thriving space of intimacy and independence, even with our closest relations--humans, nature, this body, this mind, this consciousness?
The Tibetan tradition has a kind of joke/teaching that the true nature of our mind has "4 faults"--one is that it is too close.  
What helps us come in close with different eyes, different faculties to meet what is "too close" to notice in our normal consciousness?  What kind of space brings us close?
Along with this theme, I would like to suggest we also explore sound as an aid to experiencing spatial relations differently.  Open to sound as a way to connect.  Listen to normal, everyday sounds with intimacy and space.  What quality comes available?


by Jaya

(Photos: Gyan in the banyan trees outside of Lucknow in March, above, and Anandi-ji in the trees, below , by Jaya.)

~Meditation Teachers on Video

Evan writes to say, "now that the retreats are finished I've had the chance to work on a few of my own projects - mainly a few recent meditation interviews I've been doing on video with Teachers, including Ajay, Christopher Titmuss, Stephen Fulder and others." His series of interviews with teachers of meditation from different backgrounds and spiritual traditions asks the same questions of each : What is meditation? What are the benefits of meditation? Who should meditate?

To check out all of Evan's videos, you can follow this link to his website freemeditationinfo.com--and stay tuned! He hopes to add some video dharma talks from last winter's retreats in Tiruvannamalai soon. 

(Photo: Arti, by Jaya.)

~ Rest in the U.S.

These photos of the Stone House in North Carolina and the Morgan Bay Zendo in Maine come from Julia and from Nico. Open Dharma will hold Deep Rest retreats at both of these beautiful places this August. 

Julia writes: "The Stone House is magical in the Summer, the perfect spot for Deep Rest. I love picking a piece of fruit as I walk through the orchard, finding a hammock to rest in awhile, the contrast of the steamy Southern heat with the blissful cool waters of the pond, wandering the acres of fields that are teeming with life, letting my imagination run wild in the art space and the sublime, vegetarian cooking, deeply nourishing and filled with loving care."

Jessica writes: "The Morgan Bay Zendo is a new retreat location for Open Dharma. It is rugged, a little wild, tucked into the woods and just a short walk-- .3 miles/.48 km-- from the sea. The hall is silent and pleasantly austere, lined with smooth straw tatami mats on the walls and with windows covered with sliding paper screens to diffuse the light. We will be camping in a field under a vast sky surrounded by trees. The moss garden under the evergreens feels like a tiny fairy-land. And yet, though this place has been in existence for some decades, there really is the sense in there of starting at zero--freshness--a chance to discover something completely new. It tingles."


(Photos: From the top--the Maine zendo, its pond, tatami-lined walls and moss garden, by Nico. Bottom two--the Stone House's pond and practice hall by Julia.) 

~ A Walk with Nipun Mehta  

Philanthropist Nipun Mehta gave a rousing graduation speech about his walk across India with his wife this May.   

In it he describes the insights he gained over those 1000 km, thoughts about the act of walking and the nature of pilgrimage. His goal was "to be in a space larger than our egos," he said, "and to allow that compassion to guide us in unscripted acts of service along the way. Stripped entierly of our comfort zone and accustomed identities, could we still 'keep it real'?" he asked. "That was our challenge." To learn about Mehta's revelations on the road, follow this link for the full text of the speech.

(Photos by Jaya.)

~ Upcoming Retreat Dates & Details


October 2011 thru October 2012, Freedom of Movement Lab 
in Cyberspace

Facilitator: Jaya
For information and registration, write to:

interviews (at) opendharma.org


4 - 18 June, two-week retreat at Dharmaloca, Spain

Teachings will be in English and in Spanish.
Facilitators: Jaya and Gemma
dharmalocaretreat(at) opendharma.org

25 June - 1 July, Deep Rest retreat at Le Moulin, France

Teachings will be in English

Facilitator: Jaya

mail (at) moulindechaves.org

6 - 12 July, Deep Rest retreat in Catalonia, Spain

Teachings will be in Spanish.
Facilitator: Gemma
retirosopendharma (at) gmail.com

14 - 21 July, Deep Rest retreat near Ter Apel, Holland

Teachings will be in English

Facilitator: Jaya

opendharmaholland (at) hotmail.com

2 - 4 and 4 - 12 August, Deep Rest retreat in North Carolina, USA

Teaching will be in English.
Facilitator: Jaya


8 - 12 August, Deep Rest retreat in Eastbourne, UK.

Teaching will be in English.
Facilitator: Gemma

info(at) retreattogayles.co.uk


25 - 28 August, Deep Rest retreat on the Blue Hill Peninsula, Maine, USA

At the Morgan Bay Zendo
Teachings will be in English.
Facilitators: Jaya
opendharma.maine (at) gmail.com

7 September - 5 October, one-month retreat at Dharmaloca, Spain

Teachings will be in English and Spanish.
Facilitators: Jaya and Gemma

dharmalocaretreat (at) opendharma.org

27 &18 October, two one-day meditation retreats in Melbourne, Australia
Teachings will be in English.
Facilitators: Jaya
more information to come...

2 - 6 or 2 - 9 November, silent meditaiton retreat in Melbourne, Australia

Teachings will be in English
Facilitators: Jaya
more information to come...

28 October - 7 November, silent meditation retreat at Sattal Ashram, in north India

Teachings will be in English
Facilitators: Ajay, with guest teacher Nicole

5 - 15 January, 17- 26, and 27 January - 6 February, Silent meditation retreats near Tiruvannamalai, India

Near Anantha Niketan Ashram
Teachings will be in English.
Facilitators: Ajay, Jaya and Gemma. Guest teachers Zohar and Nicole will join us on the second and third retrats, respectively.
opendharmainfo (at) yahoo.com

21 - 28 February, Dharma Gathering, Sarnath, India

At the Thai temple
Facilitators: Christopher Titmuss, Jaya, Zohar and others.

7 - 17 March, Silent meditation retreat, Hardwar, India

In Saptraishi Ashram
Teachings will be in English.
Facilitators: Ajay, Gemma and Jaya.
opendharmainfo (at) yahoo.com

20 April - 12 May, Three week silent retreat at Sattal Ashram, in north India

Teachings will be in English.
Facilitators: Ajay, Gemma and Jaya.
opendharmainfo (at) yahoo.com


~ Sanghacalendar.org

Open Dharma has an open, mutually enriching friendship with several "sister projects": Christopher Titmuss encouraged Jaya to start teaching in 1998, and Christopher and Jaya continue to teach together annually in Sarnath. "Retreats with Ajay" highlights events where Ajay is teaching even if they are not Open Dharma events. Other newer teachers received nourishment with Open Dharma and have now begun to lead their own events.  Click here for a calendar of all these events.

~ Welcome to Everyone
We would love to share your inspiration in an upcoming newsletter. Photos! Poems! Drawings! Musings! Reflections on a recent--or not so recent--retreat! (You can even tell us that you'd like to contribute anonymously.) Please feel free to send any contributions  to newsletter (at) opencentre.es

--~--~--~--~--~--~--~-- Nature - Interaction - Silence http://www.opencentre.es If you are organizing a fund-raising event/activity, please email the fund-raising info coordinator (Benoit) at: fundraising (AT) opencentre.es with details of your event, so that we can happily share it with others. You received this message because you are subscribed to the Open Centre newsletter. Forward this message to someone by clicking on [FORWARD] To update your preferences, click on [PREFERENCES] Newsletter archive: http://www.opencentre.es/newsletter/archive.php?listID=2&layoutID=3&pagerows=50 If you do not want to receive any more newsletters, click on [UNSUBSCRIBE] --~--~--~--~--~--~--~--

Messages sent on the previous Open Centre Google Group (not existing anymore):

Message 13 - The Open Centre newsletter is moving to a new location!

Message 12 - News & improving the newsletter

Message 11 - Christopher Titmuss Dharma Talk in SF

Message 10 - fundraising t-shirts

Message 09 - Latest news

Message 08 - Still need prizes for the Lottery Raffel

Message 07 - smiles and tears

Message 06 - Open Centre Lottery

Message 05 - Comments in the How can you help section of the website

Message 04 - Fun Events

Message 03 - this week's news

Message 02 - now is the time

Message 01 - What's up


New (current) Open Centre newsletter:

Newsletter archive:


The Open Centre, an Open Dharma project.

Open Centre newsletter archive

The Open Centre, an Open Dharma project.

© tincan limited | Powered by phplist | Maintained by spun-shop.com