The wisdom of the Dharma can blend seamlessly with contemporary Jewish mystical teachings. “Mysticism” in this context refers to a direct experience of the Divine or the Unfolding of Interbeing — “Everything is God and Nothing but God,” in the words of the Baal Shem Tov. In these teachings, an awareness of reality as an experience of interbeing can support a direct realization of “no separate self” or annatta, in the Buddhist framework.
In addition to daily periods of silent meditation, the retreat will also include contemplative chant using Jewish liturgical mantras, interspersed with silent space to incorporate the essence of the chants. Daily instruction in meditation will help guide both beginning and advanced practitioners into the sacred space of the retreat process, along with Q&A, small groups, and private interviews with Rabbi Roth. The program will also offer a deep celebration of Shabbat, the Jewish vehicle for a weekly day of contemplation.