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PRECIOUS SENTIENCY Anattasati Magga Urban Fall Retreat – Asheville, NC October 18-21, 2018

Come explore how to manifest your precious human life more fully.

There is a Dharma story suggesting how rare it is to be born a human being: 

A life buoy floats on the surface of the ocean.  A blind turtle lives on the ocean floor and rises to the surface once every 100 years. What are the chances that  the turtle would surface its head in the ring of the life buoy? 

With chances as rare as these, the Dharma urges us to view our own current life as rare and precious opportunity. It recommends we find ways to live kindly and well, to free ourselves from self-aggression, and to find and commit to a Path that leads to spiritual freedom. We are asked to consider if we are taking care to live our life in a way that honors this precious human birth and makes the best use of it. 

Each night participants will leave the retreat to spend the night at home with a full commitment of no social interaction. Only the main noon meal will be provided on Friday and Saturday and coffee, tea and snacks throughout the retreat.

In this (mostly) silent weekend retreat, we will use Dharma lectures, guided imagery, self-reflection, and seated and working meditation to create ways to direct our energy toward fulfilling our potential as human beings.


October 18 ~Thursday, 6 – 8:30pm

October 19 & 20 ~ Friday & Saturday, 9:30am – 7 pm

October 21 ~ Sunday, 9:30am – 12:30 pm

Cost: Early-bird discount $200 by October 5; $225 thereafter ($25 Savings)
If you have never attended an ASM retreat, you can attend on Friday October 19, 9:30am-7pm for $150. 

To Register: Visit our website at If you are mailing a check it must be postmarked October 5 to get the early bird discount.

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