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The Buddhist Path to Freedom

Breaking the Addiction to the Mind

July 21 - 23, 2017

Friday - Sunday, 2 nights

$300 Tuition

Plus 2 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately

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Program Description

True spiritual practice is an engagement with life that goes against the stream of the confusion of this world—and is therefore an act of rebellion.

Join Noah Levine, renowned author of Dharma Punx and founder of Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society, for an insight meditation retreat that draws on the teachings and practices of early Buddhism.

Noah’s instructions will be based upon the four foundations of mindfulness in combination with exercises in loving-kindness and compassion.

You will focus attention on your breath, body, heart, and mind and learn:

  • A hybrid of mindfulness and loving-kindness practices
  • How to develop a greater sense of care for yourself and the world
  • To ease and alleviate your suffering
  • The path of awakening your deepest wisdom and compassion.

During this largely silent retreat, we will begin to see addictions and attachments as cravings in the mind and body. Each day will include periods of sitting and walking meditation, dharma talks, interviews, and some group process.

These practices will guide you to a path of meditative awareness and become tools to take home for experiencing more ease and freedom in your life.

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  • Faculty Bio
    Noah Levine, MA

    Buddhist teacher, author, and counselor

    Noah Levine, author of Dharma Punx, Against The Stream, The Heart of the Revolution, and Refuge Recovery, is a Buddhist teacher, author, and counselor.

    He is creator of Refuge Recovery, a Buddhist approach to addiction recovery. Refuge Recovery is a practice, a process, a set of tools, a treatment, and a path to healing addiction and the suffering caused by addiction.

    Utilizing Buddhist philosophy as the foundation of the recovery process, Refuge Recovery includes peer-lead meetings worldwide, an annual conference, and the option of accessing the professional support and treatment of the Refuge Recovery Centers.

    Noah is also the founding teacher of Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society, with centers in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Nashville, and more than 20 affiliated groups across North America. He teaches meditation classes, workshops, and retreats internationally, holds a master‰’s degree in counseling psychology, and lives in Los Angeles.

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  • Why Attend
    • Learn powerful tools to break the habit of being attached to thoughts that lead to suffering, addiction, and cravings.

    • Strengthen your resilience during this silent meditation retreat, lead by Noah Levine—known across the country for his dedication to alleviating suffering through his books, meditation society, recovery program, and workshops.

    • Bring peacefulness into your heart and your relationships with ancient Buddhist practices for cultivating loving-kindness and compassion.

  • Things to Know/Schedule

    Program Schedule

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    Experience Level

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  • About 1440 Multiversity

    Beautifully nestled in the California redwoods near Santa Cruz, our 75-acre campus is within easy reach of San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

    1440 Multiversity is a place to spend time engaging some of life's most meaningful personal questions and to enjoy, restore, and reenergize yourself as you do it.

    You'll find new energy through immersion learning—setting aside daily urgencies and dedicating uninterrupted time to focus on important, but often elusive, priorities. Our unique collaboration with world-class faculty coupled with an original, inspirational curriculum and magnificent grounds make this a place like no other. Add in fresh, redwood-scented air, delicious and healthy food, deep reflection, fun exercise, and good sleep and you've pretty much captured what you'll experience here.

  • Accommodations

    At 1440 Multiversity, you’ll find a wide range of accommodations to meet your preferences and budget. All of our rooms have been thoughtfully designed to provide comfort, promote reflection, and foster connection with others.

    Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in.

    Per-person per-night rates include:

    • nourishing locally sourced, seasonal meals
    • daily meditation and yoga classes
    • non-ticketed evening events
    • use of all facilities, including the Fitness Center, steam rooms, and infinity-edge hot tub.

    Guests also enjoy access to woodland trails, cafés, and shops.

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