This retreat is set in the larger context of awakening. The first few days include the overall “view” of enlightenment, and the basis of Bodhicitta (a wish for awakening for oneself and all beings) in the heart for a full practice and larger intention for practice.
The next week of the retreat will focus on the Samatha practice, developing laser-like awareness that has the potential to lead to the meditative absorptions known as jhanas.
For the last five days of the retreat, participants will have the option to continue to deepen on the Samatha track, or move to the Dzogchen track. (Talks for both tracks will be available to all participants.) The Dzogchen track provides the possibility of non-dual awareness without the level of concentration required for jhana. In the Dzogchen track, we will build upon the foundation of Samatha with its powerful and stabilizing concentration, to include the open awareness of Vipassana, and then explore the non-dual practice of Rigpa, which enables the possibility for one to be present with a deeper reality with eyes open, awake to the world. Participants will have the option to either go deeper with the Samatha practice, or to branch into the Tibetan Dzogchen practice and the possibility of realizing Rigpa. Both paths provide the possibility of cutting through conventional reality to realize the deeper truth of non-duality.
Retreat Experience Prerequisites: One needs to have successfully completed at least one [5 or 7]-day residential retreat.
Health and Safety Prerequisites: At this time it is impossible to predict what the wider covid-19 conditions will be when the retreat starts. We are asking participants to commit to abiding by all covid-19 health and safety protocols that may be in place at the start of the retreat, which may include mask-wearing, social distancing, high level hand hygiene, isolation prior to the retreat start, etc.
This retreat is intended for experienced students.
Subsidized fee : $910 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff
Sustaining fee : $1040 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff
Supporting fee : $1170 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff
Following in the Buddhist tradition, none of your registration fee will go to the teacher(s). Please consider offering teacher dāna at the event to support their livelihood. (Dāna is a term for generosity, or freely offered giving. You can find more information about this way of offering the teachings and the "economy of gifts" on our Donation page.)