Dharma as a Mirror of Our Own Lives and Possibilities

A Residential Retreat with
Dina Aish and Arinna Weisman

March 10-12/13, 2023

A weekend residential retreat at Dhamma Dena with Dina Aish and  Arinna Weisman from the evening of Friday March 10th to Sunday, March 12th, 2023. There is also the opportunity to stay an additional night until Monday, March 13th to continue practicing.

The dharma as a mirror reflects back to us our unlimited capacity to care, to respond with compassion, joy and equanimity to whatever arises inside of ourselves, between each other and to all of life. During this weekend we practice calling these energies into being and sustain them through challenges and difficulties.

This retreat is open to everyone and is offered at a sliding scale of $50-$100 a day. No one is turned away for lack of funds and Dhamma Dena relies on the support of registration payments to cover the cost of our facilities accommodations, supplies and groceries.

There will also be an opportunity to offer dana / donations for the teachings at the close of the retreat. 

Dina Aish, Ed.D has been practicing meditation for over ten years and credits it with a profound change in the experience of her life. She has completed a number of training courses, conferences, and retreats in mindfulness and Vipassana meditation at InsightLA, Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center, to name a few. She has also studied Tibetan Buddhism in the tradition of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Pema Chodron. Dina is a graduate of the InisghtLA Facilitator Training Program. She has been an elementary school teacher for fifteen years and currently teaches pre-service elementary teachers at the college level, as well as leads professional development for educators within various schools and districts. She holds both Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Education. Dina also enjoys creative endeavors such as writing, painting, and dance. 

Arinna Weisman has studied insight meditation since 1979 and has been teaching since 1989. Her root teacher is Ruth Denison who was empowered by the great Burmese lay teacher Sayagyi U Ba Khin. She is the founding teacher of Insight Meditation Center of the Pioneer Valley and the Guiding Teacher at Dhamma Dena. She is co-author of the book, A Beginner’s Guide to Insight Meditation and a contributor to Women Practicing Buddhism: American Experiences, edited by Peter Gregory and Susanne Mrozik.