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THE FIRE SERMON

Offered by Michael Gregory, Founding Director of Mindfulness Meditation Centers

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Live, Denver Colorado / Zoom Community

February 8–10, 2019

Retreat Location:
8695 W. Berry Ave.
Denver, Colorado 80123


The Buddha characterized every aspect of your experience in daily life as “burning.” The Buddha wanted you to feel this burning in your life with all its difficulty, uncertainty, and stress, and for you to realize that this burning is inherent and impersonal. It applies to pleasant and unpleasant phenomena alike.

Although all things in this world are burning, the Buddha taught that you have a choice to not add fuel to the fire, to not make the burning personal, and to not be identified with the burning. In each moment you have a choice to either add fuel in the form of wanting, aversion, and ignorance – or not.

For your reflection: Observe as objectively as you can the phenomenon of your mind registering something. Are you able to notice that there is a degree of stress or friction just in making the effort? Also observe how often you add the “fuel” of wanting, aversion, and ignorance to your life experiences. Be particularly interested in how even in neutral and pleasant circumstances, you still add this fuel. This is “knowing” the truth of burning, of the Creation and Completion Stage Tantra.


Payment for retreats is on a donation only basis.  Your generosity is critically important, and enables MMC to continue its mission to provide teachings and support for our teachers and the necessary technology for the distribution of the dharma. All of the MMC retreats are also available via Zoom—by donation / generosity. To access the retreat on Zoom, please sign up with the retreat coordinator, (listed above), who will send you the login information.

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Donation Total: $200.00

Retreats are by generosity only; please contribute an amount that is meaningful to you. If you are unable to donate, please do not let that keep you from attending; contact us to make arrangements.


Enrollment for all retreatants is open to all. Space is limited and you must sign up to ensure your participation. You may sign up for the The Fire Sermon, by contacting our MMC Colorado retreat coordinator: avtar.perreault@gmail.