Retreats and Reflection

The Ignatian Center offers our annual Ignatian Spirituality Retreat for Santa Clara University faculty and staff at Villa Maria del Mar in Santa Cruz, CA in the weekend following undergraduate commencement.  Other opportunities for faculty and staff to engage the Ignatian spiritual tradition and the Spiritual Exercises include: a retreat in daily life, an annual day of reflection, and Ignatian afternoons (luncheon series around topics related to Ignatian tradition).  

The Ignatian Center also supports an array of offerings related to the practice of meditation and mindfulness: an annual Meditation and Mindfulness Retreat, an open Zen sitting group, weekly Brown Bag Zen lunches, and the Contemplatives in Action monthly faculty group.

Day of Mindfulness and Meditation

Ignatian-Buddhist Practices of Mercy

by Sarita Tamayo-Moraga |

Ignatian-Buddhist Practices of Mercy
Day of Mindfulness and Zen Meditation

Saturday, January 23, 2016 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Multifaith Sanctuary, St. Joseph's Hall, Santa Clara University

Registration Fee: $25 (scholarships available)
This event is open to SCU faculty, staff, students, as well as the wider public.

Join us for a day of mindfulness and meditation in the Zen tradition. Experienced Dharma Teacher, and SCU Religious Studies Professor, Sarita Tamayo-Moraga will guide participants through a series of meditation and mindfulness practices. This retreat will serve as an introduction to different forms of Zen meditation, as well as a workshop for practitioners of all levels to share their experiences and struggles with practice. Professor Tamayo-Moraga will reflect on how Zen meditation can transform practitioners’ experience of struggles and suffering by cultivating acceptance of ‘What Is.’

Morning (9:00 am – 12:00 pm)
Introduction to mindfulness meditation and practice sitting and walking meditation.
Lunch (12:00 – 1:00 pm)
Silent vegetarian lunch accompanied by teaching on mindful eating.
Afternoon (1:00 – 3:30 pm)
Dharma talks on Zen topics such as how to use mindfulness and meditation to stop struggling and to relax into strong emotions such as anger, fear, and despair, and how radical acceptance of one’s circumstances can transform suffering and allow one to live with more comfort and ease in the midst of difficulty.  The afternoon will also include more practice in a workshop atmosphere where we can share our experiences and ask questions about relaxing with strong emotions and easing struggle.

End of the Retreat (3:30 – 4:00 pm)
We will conclude with a circle talk; this will provide an opportunity to share your retreat experience with others and to learn about their experience.

Sarita Tamayo-Moraga is a Renewable Term Lecturer in the Department of Religious Studies at Santa Clara University.  Her scholarship focuses on comparative mysticism (primarily Buddhism and Catholicism), and the use of mindfulness in pedagogy.  Her research focuses on how the spiritual practices of different religious traditions, especially Catholicism and Buddhism, transform suffering into peace, joy, and liberation.  The focus questions for her research are “Why is there so much hatred?  How can spiritual practice transform this?”  She is also Faculty Director of the UNITY Residential Learning Community at Santa Clara University and as such promotes its themes of diversity and civic engagement and is a bridge between the classroom and the residence hall for the students.  In this residence hall and others on campus, she regularly leads “De-stress with Mindfulness” sessions for students.  In addition, she has taught in the Summer LEAD program at Santa Clara University since 2005 and has also been the interim assistant director for this program which is for first-generation college students.  She is Roman Catholic and a Zen Teacher in the Soto Zen tradition and is a dharma heir of the late Darlene Cohen Roshi which means Sarita has been given formal permission within the lineage of Suzuki Roshi, founder of San Francisco Zen Center, to teach Zen independently.  Since 2005, she has co-facilitated two meditation groups on campus through the Ignatian Center at Santa Clara University.  Since 2008, she has also co-facilitated the Contemplatives in Action network on campus.  She is also guest teacher for the Crystal Springs Sangha in San Mateo, a Zen group and one of the Zen groups at Stanford University.

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