• Dana-based, please pay at any amount above zero.

Date & Time Details:
Schedule: PST (subject to change)
10:00 - 10:45am Arriving, Welcome, Guided Meditation
10:45 - 11:15am Dharma Talk
11:15 - 11:30am Stretch Break or Walking / Movement Meditation
11:30 - 12:00pm Second Guided Meditation
12:00 - 12:30pm Dharma Talk
12:30 - 1:00pm Questions + Responses

Contact: Big Bear Retreat Center

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[ONLINE] The Dharma is Made for These Times: An Exploration of the Four Distortions of Perception

With Celeste Young and Ayya Santacitta

June 23, 2024

A very special online half day retreat exploring the four distortions of perception (Vipalassa)

Sunday, June 23rd 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Registration closes June 22nd at 11:59pm Pacific Time

Ayya Santacitta and Celeste Young will also offer an on land retreat on this same topic, all are invited to attend that retreat as well. 
October 20 – 26, 2024
Weaving Ourselves Back into the Fabric of Life: An Exploration of the Four Distortions of Perception

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The 4 Distortions of Perception:

Seeing what is impermanent (anicca) as permanent (nicca )
Seeing what is painful (dukkha) as pleasant (sukha)
Seeing what is without a self (anatta) as a self (atta)
Seeing what is not beautiful (asubha) as beautiful (subha)

All we think about and project onto reality tends to be channeled through these misperceptions. As ‘business as usual’ is steadily eroding around us, we are called to navigate the world differently.

At an evolutionary threshold like this the Buddha’s teachings are a formidable anchor to keep us grounded while our old narratives are dissolving, and we are urged to go deeper.

Putting on the corrective lens of the Dharma – imminent, curious and discerning – we will contemplate a path to greater clarity, understanding and equanimity in our own lived experience, opening the door to our next steps.


Online Dana-based, pay at any amount above $0

About the Online Program

At registration will receive a link with a landing page for the online community that includes the zoom and schedule information for the online component of this program, along with any other helpful tips before, during, and after your retreat. This link will be emailed to you again 24 hours before your retreat.

Date and Time (all times Pacific)

June 23rd, 10am – 1pm (PST)
*zoom link and more information will be available 24 hours before the retreat

For any questions please contact or visit our website

Cancellation Policy: Please visit our website for more on the cancellation policy for this retreat-

Dana-based In Person Retreat Cancellation Fee Schedule:

  • > 4 weeks   20%
  • <4 weeks    No Refunds

Teachers & Facilitators

Celeste Young
Celeste Young is a Theravadin Buddhist mindfulness and Dharma teacher. She has been practicing meditation and sitting retreats since 2002. She was one of the first teachers to be empowered at InsightLA, a nonprofit Buddhist and secular mindfulness organization based in Los Angeles. Since 2011, Celeste has worked with thousands of meditation and Dharma students teaching Buddhist Dharma and mindfulness classes, leading silent meditation retreats, and working with individual students. She teaches both in the US and internationally. Additionally, she has led corporate sessions and retreats for organizations such as Netflix and the University of Southern California. For the last…
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Ayya Santacitta
Ayya Santacitta was born in Austria and did her graduate studies in Cultural Anthropology, focusing on dance, theatre and ritual. She also worked in avant-garde dance theatre as a performer and costume designer. In 1988 she met Ajahn Buddhadasa in southern Thailand, who sparked her interest in Buddhist monastic life. She trained as a nun in England and Asia from 1993 until 2009, primarily in the lineage of Ajahn Chah. Since 2002, she has also received teachings in the lineage of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Ayya Santacitta co-founded Aloka Vihara in 2009 and received Bhikkhuni Ordination in 2011. She is committed…
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