True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart
By Tara Brach, Ph.D.
“A healing and helpful meditation… a gracefully written spiritual gem on awareness, refuge, and presence.” ― Spirituality & Practice.
In her book True Refuge, Tara Brach takes us on a journey beneath the surface of our anxieties, fears, and stresses to a space of “profound stillness, a silent awareness capable of limitless love.” She helps us understand “the three facets of true refuge—awareness, truth, and love—come alive as we dedicate our presence to them” and offers tools to help us find true refuge.
Brach’s unique experiences as a clinical psychologist and teacher of Buddhist mindfulness (vipassana) meditation, enable her to gently guide us to the wisdom and peace of the heart.
Join us for rich conversations in four sessions over 4 weeks, as we experience and receive Brach’s writings together. Listening to each other offer personal reflections on the writing offers an opportunity to receive in a deeper way the wisdom we’re meant to glean from each book and let go of that which doesn’t serve us. In addition, the joy of being in community with others over four weeks (even on Zoom!) is a highlight for many.
You’re invited to purchase a copy of the book through this link to Amazon.com. Please note that if you click through and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. This is at no additional cost to you.
Annette Pearson Barbara Schutz Dianna Amorde Regina Moser
TIME OFFERED (90 Minute Sessions)
STATUS OF GROUP
Wednesdays from 7:00pm to 8:30pm Central
February 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd
Thursdays from 7:00pm to 8:30pm Central
February 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th
Wednesdays, from 12:30pm to 2:00pm Central
February 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd
Tuesdays from 10:30am to Noon Central
February 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd
All Time are Central
(*Regina’s group may move to Monday nights at 7pm instead. We will update the schedule as soon as possible.)
About the Author
Tara Brach founded the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, DC (IMCW) in 1998, which is now one of the largest and most dynamic non-residential meditation centers in the United States. She gives presentations, teaches classes, offers workshops, and leads silent meditation retreats at IMCW and at conferences and retreat centers in the United States and Europe. Tara’s podcast receives over 3 million downloads each month. Her themes reveal the possibility of emotional healing and spiritual awakening through mindful, loving awareness as well as the alleviation of suffering in the larger world by practicing compassion in action. You can find out more about her at tarabrach.com.
FACILITATOR: Dianna Amorde is the Executive Director of Eremos and has been facilitating these book groups since she arrived 8 years ago. She considers them one of her favorite ways of connecting with and supporting the Eremos community and delights in the opportunity to hear different points of view.
FACILITATOR: Annette Pearson is a spiritual director, writer, and workshop and retreat leader. She loves to incorporate different contemplative practices and various art forms in her programs and enjoys the rich conversations book groups offer. Annette began her training in spiritual direction at FIND, a program of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, and holds a certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation.
FACILITATOR: Regina Moser is an educator, spiritual director and avid reader who has facilitated book groups for over 15 years. Regina loves sharing the joys of reading, pondering and exploring in reflective groups. Trusting that listening is Holy, Regina appreciates weaving contemplate practices, journaling and thoughtful questions to delve into the power of sharing stories.
FACILITATOR: Barbara Schutz was called more deeply into the care of God’s people through the ministry of Spiritual Direction more than 20 years again. She offers individual and group spiritual direction, retreats, classes, and workshops and has facilitated many book groups for Eremos. Barbara describes her passion as “creating opportunities for others to encounter God”.