The Buddha and The Devil - May 25th

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The Buddha and The Devil

A Daylong Meditation Retreat with Mikey Noechel

Sat. May 25th 10am-3pm

This day will give us the time to break free of the duality of good and evil, sin and virtue, right and wrong, as a way to soften some of our internal battles. Through sitting, walking, listening, and sharing meditation we will step into a space that carefully meets the parts of ourselves that we often define as bad, wrong, or evil with compassion.

In the traditional story of Siddhartha Gautama’s quest for awakening, it is said that he was frequently visited by a demonic entity, Mara, who attempted to disturb his heart and mind as a way to disrupt his path to awakening. Symbolically Mara represents the powerful mind states of greed, hatred, and delusion. Through wisdom and compassion, Siddhartha learned to see and know Mara directly which took away Mara’s power over Siddhartha. Rather than fighting or pushing out Mara, Siddhartha met his demons with a non-reactive, yet kind response, which led to his awakening. We will be practicing meeting our figurative demons with the same clear and careful response as Siddhartha Gautama who eventually became The Buddha.

About Mikey Noechel:

Mikey Noechel is a Buddhist Meditation Instructor based out of Nashville, TN. He has been trained to facilitate meditation groups through Against The Stream Buddhist Meditation Society and holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. Mikey has received training in both Theravada and Mahayana schools of Buddhism. Currently, Mikey is in training through Heartwood Refuge in Hendersonville, NC. He is in their Dharmacharya Ordination program, which is a multi-lineage lay ordination program lead by the Venerable Pannavati Bhikkhuni and the Venerable Pannadipa Bhikkhu.

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