Wisdom School 2018 – Entering the Darkness: Responding with Fierce Compassion

Wisdom School 2018 – Entering the Darkness: Responding with Fierce Compassion

Offered by Diane Millis and Bussho Lahn

Monday, June 25 — Saturday, June 30, 2018


For this summer’s Wisdom School, we will explore the role of darkness on the spiritual path, both personally and collectively. Our aim is not to claim the light for ourselves, nor will we settle for easy answers or tidy endings. Rather, we will glean the wisdom to be found in the stories from sacred scriptures, contemporary spiritual writings, and our own lives. We trust that our willingness to engage humanity’s suffering ignites the transformative fire of grace. Each retreat day will consist of time spent in silent sitting, contemplative conversation, a contemplative art exercise, and a presentation by the facilitators.


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Diane M. Millis, Ph.D., currently teaches at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, and leads retreats throughout the United States and Canada. One of her passions is developing contemplative communities. Through her work with Companions on a Journey and the Journey Conversations Project, she has helped adults of all ages and faith traditions cultivate their capacity to listen deeply within as they listen deeply to each other. She is a spiritual director and the author of Deepening Engagement and Conversation—The Sacred Art. To learn more about her ministry, visit www.dianemillis.com and www.journeyconversations.org.

Bussho Lahn is a Certified Spiritual Director, an ordained Soto Zen Buddhist priest, and a teacher at the Minnesota Zen Meditation Center and the Aslan Institute. He is grounded in contemplative spirituality, interfaith experience, addiction recovery, and shadow integration. He is experienced in pilgrimage and retreat facilitation, as well as public speaking on a variety of spiritual subjects. As a spiritual director, Bussho connects with and mentors those who wish to deepen an intentional and contemplative spiritual life. The connection between spirituality and psychology is the area Bussho explores with his clients, as well as encouraging and supporting their continued spiritual lives, regardless of their faith tradition. Bussho also teaches meditation, mindfulness, and the basics of Zen Buddhist practice and philosophy. He is thrilled to be once again working with the Episcopal House of Prayer.