A PMC Residential
Weekend Retreat
Friday- Saturday- Sunday
June 9, 10, 11, 2017
Awakening our Natural Wisdom
Led by Greg Scharf
To be held at
Saint Raphaela Center
616 Coopertown Road
Haverford, Pennsylvania


"Greg's gentle teaching combines skillful instruction and guidance with a compassionate warmth that helps the meditator negotiate the sometimes rocky/sometimes blissful path on retreat." R.L.

Greg Scharf

The cost for a retreat is $245.00   This fee includes two overnights and six meals
Semi-private rooms. Some Single Rooms are available for an additional $50 
Cost for commuters is $195 which includes meals. Supporting member discount $30
Silence throughout with instruction, sitting and walking meditation.
Registration and room assignments Friday 5 PM to 6:30 PM
    Retreat ends Sunday at 4 PM
A dana basket will be available for teacher donations.
  A $50.00 deposit required. Fully refundable until June 2, 2017 .
Limited spaces available and pre-registration is mandatory.
   Early registration is strongly encouraged.

A WEEKEND RETREAT is a wonderful opportunity to learn  meditation, to energize and deepen  our practice and share in the support of others. We will be alternating sitting, standing, and walking meditation using Vipassana (Insight) Meditation as a means to opening to the innate wisdom, joy, and peace which lies in each of us. There will be instructions, practice, dharma talks, and silence.

THE PRACTICE OF MINDFULNESS, simple yet powerful, is the heart of meditation and the supreme antidote to distraction. Being mindful allows us to be more alert, calm and spacious. It truly is the gateway to liberation because we experience our bodies, emotions and thoughts with greater clarity and balance.

Greg Scharf began meditating in 1992 and has been teaching residential meditation retreats since 2007, including the annual 3 month retreat at the Insight Meditation Society where he is a core teacher. In his teaching Greg emphasizes the understanding that meditation is fundamentally an exploration of nature and natural processes. He also stresses the critical importance of bringing the qualities of kindness, compassion, and a sense of humor to practice.

Greg has a long-standing relationship with the country and people of Burma (Myanmar), where he trained as a Buddhist monk and where he works with a small humanitarian aid project which particularly targets education, health-care, and support of Buddhist Nuns. Currently living in the high country of northern Arizona, Greg's love of nature and the outdoors deeply informs both his practice and teaching.

Vipassana or insight meditation is the simple direct practice of moment-to-moment observation of the mind/body process with
relaxed, open and careful attention. As we learn to observe our experience from a place of stillness and balance supported by wise view, reality is accurately seen and liberating insight arises as a natural result. Loving-kindness or Metta meditation
develops the heart's capacity for patience, acceptance, and forgiveness as we connect with and care for ourselves and others.

This silent retreat will draw primarily on teachings from the Theravada Buddhist tradition, emphasizing continuity of present
moment awareness as the foundation for clear seeing and the arising of wisdom. The format will include instruction in both
Insight and Loving-kindness meditation, an optional daily period of mindful movement, and meetings with the teachers.

Most of each day will be spent practicing silent sitting and walking meditation, with some guided meditation instructions.
This retreat is suitable for both beginning and experienced students of meditation.

     The retreat will be offered on a dana basis. The word dana comes from the ancient Pali language and means "generosity of heart." It is said that when the Buddha met someone who had never been exposed to his teachings, he began by teaching the blessings of generosity. The Buddha said, " If you knew what I know about the blessings of generosity, you would never sit down to a meal without sharing it with another."
    Generosity is the natural expression of an open heart, a heart that is free from the need to protect. The highest form of generosity is the act of giving that is free of obligation and expectation. It is a spontaneous impulse of the heart, motivated by a wise understanding of where freedom lies.
    In traditional Buddhist countries, monks and nuns have all of their needs met by the generosity of lay people. Monastics go on alms round daily to collect their food. Along with the feeding of the monastic community, another purpose of alms round is to give lay people an opportunity to practice generosity. Even in the poorest villages the people joyfully share what little they have because they so value the presence of the monks and understand the blessings of dana practice. In this country, we have tens of thousands of churches, synagogues, mosques and
temples. All of them are built and maintained with donated money, the same dana principle. When the first group of westerners who had studied and practiced in the east returned to the west (some three decades ago), they chose to preserve the teaching of dana as a practice Annie., and the  Philadelphia Meditation Center follow this tradition. The teachers and the founders of PMC have faith that their needs will be met by the generosity of grateful students and retreatants who come to the center.
     The $245 registration fee that you paid for this retreat covers the cost of putting on the retreat which includes teacher transportation, room and board, and advertising. No portion of this goes to the teacher.
Participants will have the opportunity to give a donation to Scott  at the end of the retreat .Your donations  are an
essential part of what allows the teachers to continue to teach, retreat centers such as PMC to operate, and the dharma to flourish. We invite you to consider the importance of these teachings in your life and to make the support of our teachers and retreat centers a priority in your yearly tithing allotment. Thank you for your generosity and may your life be filled with many blessings

Directions to St. Raphaela Center

Train: Penn Center Station: Take Paoli local to Bryn Mawr Station. 5 minutes by taxi (We will pick you up if you give us a call 610-853-8200)

From Philadelphia: City Line Ave. (South). Turn right on Haverford Rd.. Go about 3 miles to College Ave. Go less than 1 mile. Turn right on Coopertown Rd. to entrance on left.

In Delaware County: Darby Rd. (heading West) to Coopertown Rd. (one block after Ardmore Ave.)  to dead end. Turn right on College Ave. You will pass our EXIT  sign. Continue to next street (Coopertown Rd. again), Turn left and then left to entrance on left.

From I-95 (North or South) to I-476 North to exit 13: St. Davids-Villanova. Follow signs for Villanova. Follow Lancaster Ave. (Route 30 East). You will pass Villanova University on the left. Turn right at County Line Rd. (McDonalds on left). Pass the Bryn Mawr Hospital. One light after Bryn Mawr Ave., turn right on Landover Rd. which eventually becomes Coopertown Rd. Pass Coopertown School on right and look for St. Rafaela entrance sign on right.

From PA Turnpike: (Going West) Get off at exit 25A (476 South). Follow 476 South t0 Exit 13: St Davids-Villanova. Follow directions above from Villanova exit. (Going East) Get off at Valley Forge. Follow 76 East to 476 South. See directions above for 476 South.

RETREAT REGISTRATION, Complete this form and send it with your deposit to:
The Philadelphia Meditation Center, 8 East Eagle Rd., Havertown, PA 19083
Name _________________________________________ Phone__________________
Address ___________________________City_____________________ State______ Zip______________________
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Enclosed is my deposit $ ________ (minimum $50. non-refundable after 6/2/2017
Do you smoke? yes/no (circle one)       Do you snore? yes/ no (circle one)
Special needs ____________________________________________________