The Three Gems

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The Three Gems
with Bart van Melik
Sunday, March 17th, 2019 | 10:00am to 4:00pm

How can we accept more fully the pleasure and pain, fear and ease, sadness and joy that life brings us? One possible answer is to take refuge in the power of wakefulness, in the Buddha’s teachings and in the community dedicated to harmony and awareness. This is traditionally known as taking refuge in the Three Gems: the Buddha, the dharma and the sangha.

In this daylong we’ll investigate how taking refuge can support us on this path of wisdom and love. Everyone is welcome on this daylong retreat which will be spend mostly in silence. It will include sitting, walking, and inspirational readings for contemplation. It is suggested that participants bring their lunch to maintain the meditative atmosphere and concentration.


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Bart van Melik

Bart van Melik found meditation in 2003 and has been teaching meditation since 2009, bringing the practice to diverse communities like juvenile detention centers, homeless shelters and NYC public schools. He is passionate about supporting people to discover how they can find new ways to relate to life’s stresses. Bart graduated from the IMS/Spirit Rock Teacher Training.

“Whatever one frequently thinks and ponders upon, that will become the inclination of one’s mind.” Buddha

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