Living a Generous Life: Generosity and the Path of Practice – A Daylong Retreat with Margo McLoughlin
Mindfulness connects us with a sense of abundance and opens the senses to the ceaseless gifts of perception, appearing and vanishing, moment by moment. Mindfulness also enlarges our horizons. We move from a habit of self-concern to a sense of ourselves as part of the vast web of life. We recognize our potential to be of service and see how generosity enriches our daily lives. Mindfulness, infused with compassion, awakens the heart’s natural responsiveness to the needs of others. When our practice feels strong and steady, there can be a graceful and balanced flow of energy towards the situations and individuals that call our attention.
Yet as we know, the practice of generosity raises some challenging questions. Is it possible to give wisely, without giving ourselves away? Can we be of benefit to others if our giving is not balanced with self-care? In this daylong retreat, storyteller and Dharma teacher Margo McLoughlin will explore the connections between mindfulness and generosity. Margo will draw on the Jataka tales as well as other folktales to investigate these questions, inviting participants to consider the role of generosity in their own practice. People of all ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, and gender identities are welcome.
TEACHER DANA: The teachers are supported solely by your donations for their time and teachings (they do not receive any portion of the registration fee). Suggested donation is $20 to $50 for the daylong. This amount can be offered to the teacher by cash or check (payable to SF Insight).
WHAT TO BRING: Please bring your own lunch.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Call 415-994-5951.
Margo McLoughlin has been a student of Theravada Buddhism for more than 25 years. She is a teacher, writer and storyteller based in Victoria, BC. While completing her Master of Divinity from the Harvard Divinity School, Margo led weekly meditation classes for the Harvard Buddhist Community. In 2012 she graduated from the Community Dharma Leader training at Spirit Rock. Since then Margo has offered classes and retreats on Vancouver Island and neighboring islands. Margo has been translating and adapting the Jataka (the stories of the Buddha’s previous lives in human and animal form) since 1998. She has performed these ancient tales in Canada, the U.S., Ireland and Burma.
Since we want our classes to be accessible to as many sangha members as possible, we offer our classes on a sliding scale registration fee basis. For those unable to afford the low end of the sliding scale, some limited income and scholarship slots are available (please call 415-994-5951 prior to the daylong if the registration fee is an obstacle to your participation). • Please consider the highest level that you can donate in order to support those who have fewer resources.