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Developing an Internal Ethical Compass with Meditation

Saturday, October 12, 2019 – Sunday, October 13, 2019
With Linda Modaro, Nelly Kaufer, Wendy Liepman
San Luis Obispo, CA – White Heron Sangha

During this two-day non-residential retreat we will explore the Buddhist teachings that encourage an ethical path in meditation practice. Ethical issues are complex, involving multiple considerations and affecting many of the people in our lives.

We don’t often have an opportunity to ponder more nuanced situations:

  •        How do we discern when we are at risk to cause harm rather than understanding?
  •        How do we find a middle path between boundaries too loose or too rigid?
  •        How do we develop self-care and self-awareness at work and in relationships?

Meditation offers a practice to integrate this complexity.

This retreat will be of interest to people from a variety of orientations, and a range of meditation experiences, including those who are new to meditation.  Presented by a team of women practitioners who draw from their own knowledge base and experience working with individuals, groups, and organizations, our retreat is designed to use small group exploration, discussion, as well as silent meditation sittings, and reflection.

About the teachers:

Nelly Kaufer is the founder and lead teacher at Pine Street Sangha, a meditation center in Portland Oregon. When she was introduced to   Vipassana (Mindfulness) meditation in 1978, she fell in love with the Dharma and began teaching in the early 1980s. Nelly has a master’s degree in transpersonal psychology with a focus on the integration of psychotherapy and has completed many years of training as a Buddhist meditation teacher. She’s a psychotherapist in private practice, integrating Buddhist psychology into her clinical orientation.

“Nothing arises in isolation; everything arises conditioned upon other things. This might be the most important teaching in Buddhism. A deep awareness of the flux and instability in your meditation and life, rather than an abstract understanding of conditionality, is crucial. This matters, in part, because when you perceive the myriad conditions at play in any situation, you can no longer wholeheartedly blame yourself or others.”


Offering unique and individualized mentorship to meditators and meditation teachers, Linda Modaro encourages a blending of mindfulness, insight, and reflective meditation. Through Sati Sangha, a non-profit community formed in 2016, she has been invited to teach workshops and retreats throughout the USA and internationally. In California, where she lives, she works with small groups and individuals in Santa Monica, San Diego, and San Luis Obispo, and connects online with meditators around the world on an ongoing basis.

“So much can go bongo tingo in conversations, what with misunderstandings and mixed intentions… and yet, so much can go right to the heart of the matter. Bringing our meditation sittings into a conversation with another person changes the conversation to a relationship — one of developing trust, care, and collaboration. The Dharma teachings emerge between us.”


Wendy Liepman has been practicing Recollective Awareness and Reflective Meditation for over 14 years.   She has been participating in teacher training in this approach to meditation for the past 4 years. Wendy is a long-time member of WHS as well as a musician and song-writer who intends to bring the dharma into her songs.

“The thing I love about this practice is that it is gentle and encourages friendliness towards oneself.   Over the years I have learned to tolerate more difficult mind states by approaching them with interest and curiosity, while allowing myself to ease off if I am feeling overwhelmed. It is as if I am standing at the edge of the shoreline. Sometimes I just look at the waves, sometimes I retreat, sometimes I dip my toe in, and other times I wade in.”

White Heron Sangha offers these retreats on donation basis.

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