Knoxville Community of Mindfulness

Retreats & Days of Mindfulness

John Blackburn will lead days of mindfulness and a retreat as described below. 


John Blackburn, Ph.D., has practiced meditation for over 45 years, practicing intensively with teachers in the Vipassana, Zen, and Dzogchen traditions. He leads a local meditation group, the Knoxville Community of Mindfulness. He also serves on the board of directors for Southern Dharma Retreat Center in Spring Creek, NC.


Descriptions of Retreats & Days of Mindfulness

  An Afternoon of Mindfulness

Saturday, February 16, 2019

1:00-5:00 p.m.

Meaningful Life Center 

116 Carr Street 

 

Please join us as we step out of the busyness of our lives to refresh and renew ourselves. Our activities will include guided meditation, silent meditation, walking meditation and a Dharma talk.


Meditation experience is not required.  There is no charge to attend, but there will be an opportunity to make a donation to the Center.


Eating only a light lunch will help you stay alert during the periods of sitting meditation.  😊


Comfortable chairs are provided.  If you prefer to sit on the floor, please bring your own blankets and zafus. Consider bringing a blanket or extra layer of clothing for comfort.


To help us prepare the room, please register for this event at the Center’s website, meaningfullifecenter.org.

  A Day of Loving-Kindness and Equanimity

June 15, 2019 


9:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

To register, see below.

 

Location: Church of the Savior, 934 N. Weisgarber Road, 37909.


Dear Friends,

A Day of Loving Kindness and Equanimity is being offered on Saturday April 21, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

(Please arrive by 8:45 and settle in so we can begin promptly at 9:00.)

Pre-registration helps us in setting up the room. To register, please email Brenda Seip at brendashobbithouse@gmail.com. In your message please indicate if you will sit in a chair or on the floor.  

The day will be structured like a Day of Mindfulness with sitting and walking meditation and a Dharma talk, but the focus will be on healing and transformation with specific practices for establishing a mind that is loving, balanced, and free.


We will share the joy of practicing in community, offering one another the gifts of silence, mindfulness, lovingkindness, and compassion.


Please bring a sack lunch. Chairs are available. Consider bringing cushions, blankets, and other comfort items for warmth and for helping you sit easily.


The teachings are offered freely. Dana will be gratefully accepted.

 Retreat: Opening the Heart Through Loving Kindness and Compassion


Dates: July 19 - 21, 2019

Location: Well Being Retreat Center, 557 Narrows Rd, Tazewell, TN 37879


What would it feel like to be spontaneously open, loving, generous, and fearless? Buddhism teaches that these are the natural qualities of the heart that emerge from the cultivation of loving-kindness and compassion. With the support of beautiful surroundings, good companions, and profound teachings from the Theravada and Tibetan traditions, we will cultivate these ancient practices of healing and protection. The retreat will be conducted in Noble Silence with periods of sitting meditation, walking meditation, solitary practice, Qigong, Dharma talks, and time for Q and A.


Check-in will begin at 4:00 on Friday. The retreat itself will begin after supper on Friday and will end with lunch on Sunday.


To register, please go to Well Being Retreat Center. 


If you have any questions about the program content or structure, please contact John at johnmb1948@hotmail.com.


If you have any questions about lodging or Well Being Retreat Center facilities, please contact Patty at 423-626-9000 or patty@WellBeingCC.org

  An Afternoon of Mindfulness

Saturday, August 17, 2019

1:00-5:00 p.m.

Meaningful Life Center 

116 Carr Street 

 

Please join us as we step out of the busyness of our lives to refresh and renew ourselves. Our activities will include guided meditation, silent meditation, walking meditation and a Dharma talk.


Meditation experience is not required.  There is no charge to attend, but there will be an opportunity to make a donation to the Center.


Eating only a light lunch will help you stay alert during the periods of sitting meditation.  😊


Comfortable chairs are provided.  If you prefer to sit on the floor, please bring your own blankets and zafus. Consider bringing a blanket or extra layer of clothing for comfort.


To help us prepare the room, please register for this event at the Center’s website, meaningfullifecenter.org.

  A Day of Loving-Kindness and Gratitude

November 16, 2019 


9:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

To register, see below.

 

Location: Church of the Savior, 934 N. Weisgarber Road, 37909.


Dear Friends,

A Day of Loving Kindness and Gratitude is being offered on Saturday, November 16, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

(Please arrive by 8:45 and settle in so we can begin promptly at 9:00.)

Pre-registration helps us in setting up the room.  To register, please email Brenda Seip at brendashobbithouse@gmail.com.  In your message please indicate if you will sit in a chair or on the floor.  


The day will be structured like a Day of Mindfulness with sitting and walking meditation and a Dharma talk, but the focus will be on healing and transformation with specific practices for establishing a mind that is loving, open, and grateful.


We will share the joy of practicing in community, offering one another the gifts of silence, mindfulness, lovingkindness, and compassion.


Please bring a sack lunch. Chairs are available. Consider bringing cushions, blankets, and other comfort items for warmth and for helping you sit easily.


The teachings are offered freely. Dana will be gratefully accepted.

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