• Sun
    01
    Aug
    2021
    Sun
    08
    Aug
    2021
    at Shambhala Mountain Center

    Like all other branches of science, the science of mind must be primarily based on the rigorous observation of natural phenomena. Much as astronomers rely on the telescope, so do contemplatives rely on the power of samadhi to explore the nature and potentials of the mind.

    During this retreat, we will develop shamatha (“serene presence of mind”) drawn from multiple traditions of Buddhism to develop an inner sense of ease, stillness, and clarity of attention. These are the indispensable foundation for vipashyana (“insight meditation”) and all other meditative practices. While satisfaction can never be found outside in such things as wealth, status, and power, this inner meditative discipline is a direct route to genuine well-being.

    For additional information visit or email frontdesk@shambhalamountain.org 

     

     

  • Tue
    17
    Aug
    2021
    Sun
    22
    Aug
    2021
    Online

    In his instruction manual entitled The Illumination of Primordial Consciousness H. H. Dudjom Rinpoche, Jigdral Yeshe Dorje, presents concise, complete guidance on practices of śamatha and vipaśyanā within the context of the view, meditation, and conduct of the Great Perfection.

    During this six-day retreat, Lama Alan Wallace will offer an oral transmission and commentary on these pith instructions, which he received from his primary Dzogchen Lama Gyatrul Rinpoche thirty-one years ago.

    The retreat will consist of a line-by-line commentary on the manual itself, interspersed with background teachings from the Lake-Born Vajra, the Speech Emanation of Padmasambhava, to Dudjom Lingpa, who was Dudjom Rinpoche’s previous incarnation.

    These teachings will be complemented with guided meditations and sessions for questions and answers.

    Sponsored by the Contemplative Consciousness Network. For additional information visit
    You can register here
  • Mon
    13
    Sep
    2021
    Mon
    20
    Sep
    2021
    from Miyo Samten Ling in Crestone, Colorado

    This retreat will begin with oral commentaries on Alan Wallace’s two freshly translated dialogues between Atisha and his principal disciple Drom Tönpa, entitled, “Cutting the Root of Suffering and Equalizing Excitation and Laxity” and “Blaming Everything on a Single Culprit.” These two exchanges go right to the heart of meditation, while at the same time representing a lively guru-disciple exchange that is both reverent and critical at the same time.

    Then we shall turn to a close examination of the fifty-one mental factors according to classic Indian Buddhist psychology. These provide a meaningful framework in which to understand the workings of the mind, with a special emphasis on identifying those mental processes that afflict the mind and those that nurture mental health and well-being.

    This theoretical presentation will be complemented with the experiential exploration of the mind by means of the Buddha’s own pith instructions of applying discerning mindfulness to feelings, the mind, and the mental factors that obscure the natural luminosity and purity of the mind and those that advance one along the path to enlightenment.

    This is the virtual portion of an in-person retreat from September 13-20, 2021. The retreat will be available by both video-stream and audio-stream/download. We hope to have recordings of all sessions made available within 24 hours of the teaching during the retreat.

    You can read more about the retreat and register here.

  • Fri
    08
    Oct
    2021
    Tue
    12
    Oct
    2021