In this teaching you will learn 4 meditation practices rooted in tradition and confirmed by neuroscience. The 4 practices include: Heart-based–metta/bodhicitta; Focused attention–samatha; Open monitoring–vipassana; and Self-transcending–dzogchen/rigpa.

One day is spent on each practice. This allows you to experience the meditation’s purpose, what it does to your consciousness, and how it supports awakening in unique and important ways. This helps you to make wise use of precious time spent in daily practice and retreat, and to better understand the overall trajectory of your spiritual unfoldment.

We also explore the question: “What is awakening?” Awakening is the inspiration for many on the spiritual journey, but we may be unclear about what it is, how it happens, and what we can commonly encounter. An overview of how awakening is understood across wisdom traditions is provided, misconceptions are clarified (as well as why scandals happen), and we learn more about how to integrate spiritual experience into everyday life. Participants are also guided in tuning in to their own “flame for awakening.”

For an overview of the “What is Awakening?” retreat, follow this link to watch a short video:


Subsidized fee : $350 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff

Sustaining fee : $400 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff

Supporting fee : $450 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.)


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