Suffering and wisdom are intricately connected. How we approach, understand and resolve the issues of life impacts whether we suffer or not. Drawing from the Pali suttas (The Greater Exhortation to Rahula) and Vajrayana texts (selections from Dudjom Lingpa’s Nang-jang), we will transform the way we see obstacles and go through adversity unsullied, even joyfully. Each day we will undertake a progressive "oceanic mind-essence" practice to aid in correctly perceiving emptiness. Connecting a clear, unattached mind to the authentic heart is necessary for personal and communal transformation, and ultimately enlightenment. This program will include instruction, study, reflection, group discussion, and meditation.
To learn how we mentally construct our own experiences of what we call "life"; be able to take responsibility for how we see and understand experiences; improve our capacity to deconstruct destructive mental processes; and experience the immediate effect of applying a profound dharmic prerequisite to mindfulness meditation practice that is, in the Buddha's words, "of good fruit and of good benefit."
Noble Silence and Mindful Speech:
Noble silence will be observed following the evening session through breakfast the following morning.
Suitable for both beginning and experienced practitioners.