A Weekend Meditation Program with Matthew Brensilver

Self, Clinging & Attachment to View

April 20th & 21st

9:30 am – 4:00 pm

UCSB Campus

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Suggested Donation $45

Our tales are spun, but for the most part, we don’t spin them, they spin us, wrote the philosopher, Daniel Dennett. In this weekend retreat, we’ll examine the way that the sense of self is an effect, rather than cause. We’ll explore the self’s inherent defensiveness and the way that self-view compounds the pain. This egoic energy becomes invested in a whole range of views and stabilizes our sense of self. But, in the end, all of this clinging is futile. The dharma invites us into an open space, release our fixations and make a home in that spaciousness.

The weekend will include sitting and walking meditation, guided practice, dharma talks and time for dialogue. All are welcome!

Matthew Brensilver, MSW, PhD, serves on the Guiding Teachers Committee and Board of Directors at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. He was previously Program Director for Mindful Schools and, for more than a decade, was a core teacher at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society. He offers retreats regularly at both Spirit Rock and the Insight Retreat Center. Before committing to teach meditation full-time, he spent years researching addiction pharmacotherapy at the UCLA Center for Behavioral and Addiction Medicine and continues to be interested in the unfolding dialog between dharma and science. He is the co-author of two books about meditation during adolescence. Matthew’s teaching is full of warmth and wisdom, and we’re very fortunate to have him here with us.

For more information, email alldredge@lifesci.ucsb.edu or call 805-685-2836 and leave a message, and Alice will return your call.