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04/02/21 - 04/04/21
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Dates: Apr 02, 2021 – Apr 04, 2021
When Life Hits Like A Tsunami: Experience Peace in the Midst of Chaos
Online Course at Barre Center for Buddhist Studies

Instructor(s): Zenju Earthlyn Manuel

Based on her new book: The Deepest Peace

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We are living with the coronavirus pandemic. We are also living with a pandemic of grief and hatred underlining the virus. Every morning we wake up from our dreamworld, after a minute we realize that something has died. That the world is not as we knew it. There may be no words, just this sinking feeling in the gut that life itself is being threatened by the very act of breathing. And yet we must continue to breathe, to live despite heavy loss and conflict. How do we survive and thrive? How do we find a deep peace?

In this retreat we will explore the things that threaten our lives—personally and collectively. We will look at what it means to live in the midst of chaos, disruption, and the deterioration of what we once knew. And, through sitting meditation, poetry, dharma talks, and discussion we will engage what is difficult, holding it in healing and liberating ways.

As we work to become a more inclusive, equitable, and diverse community, we invite feedback/suggestions you may have regarding ways that we can make participation in the program more accessible and welcoming; please email us at


Online Retreat: This retreat will be hosted on the Zoom video conferencing platform and closed captions are available. Our intention is to build sangha and provide meaningful virtual interactions with each other and with teachers in our online retreats. When registering for an online retreat, please plan to attend as many sessions as possible. The schedule of Zoom meetings for this retreat (shown in US Eastern Time) is as follows:

Friday, April 2

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Opening Session


Saturday, April 3

9:00 am – 9:30 am, Meditation

10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Morning Session

2:00 – 4:00 pm, Afternoon session

6:00 – 8:00 pm, Evening Session

8:30 pm – 9:00 pm, Meditation

Sunday, April 4 

9:00 am – 9:30 am, Meditation

10:00 am– 12:00 pm, Closing Session

Please check the time of the group meetings in your timezone here, and please note that sessions will not be recorded.

Registration fees for online retreats are nonrefundable after the retreat start date. Cancellations prior to the start date of the retreat will incur a $25 admin fee. Thank you for your understanding.