Event : Discovering the Dharma Retreat 1
Date : May 25-30
Event : Discovering the Dharma Retreat 4
Topic: Tantra, Receive an Introduction to this Special Form of Practice
Date : May 30 - June 2
Prerequisites : This retreat is open only to those who have completed Retreats 1, 2 and 3.
Website : http://dharmakaya.org/events/discoveringdharma/
Venue : Dharmakaya Retreat Center
Address : 155 Buff Road, Cochecton, NY 12726, U.S.A.
Directions : http://dharmakaya.org/centers/retreat/t ... tation.php
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"Discovering the Dharma" is a series of five retreats led by
H.E. Trungram Gyaltrul Rinpoche. The entire "Discovering the Dharma" course consists of fifteen subject areas (full program outline page) and is designed to give participants firsthand meditative retreat experience.
The first 3 retreats may be taken in any order, and there is no pre-requisite. The 4th retreat may only be taken after attending the first 3 retreats. The fifth and final retreat may only be taken after completing the first four.
Although the program is suited for beginner and intermediate level practitioners, this is a fairly intensive retreat and we ask that only serious students apply.
The Mind : Cultivate Positive Energy
Observe the mind and how it affects our world. Learn to transform harmful thoughts to create a positive and helpful attitude. This helps us to cultivate a positive relationship with all our experiences
How to Meditate : Enhance Concentration and Calm our Mind
Learn the purpose of meditation and experience first hand the various techniques of Shamata Meditation - calming meditation. Participants will learn how to deal with obstacles to successful meditation as well as the physical and psychological preparation necessary for meditation.
Mental Purification : Uncover Attachments and Learn to Let Go
Learn how to let go of the attachments that lead to unhappiness. We all have the potential to cause suffering - for ourselves and others. Engage in a critical assessment of how attachment acts as an obstacle to happiness, and engage in profound meditation practices, such as "exchanging self with others", that transform the energy of attachment into the root of happiness
Taking Refuge : Give Yourself the Gift of Commitment to Practice
Learn what it means to take refuge in the Three Jewels and the benefits that flow from this. Understand how taking refuge helps to magnify your personal intention to achieve enlightenment.
Daily Practice : Establish Consistency and Skills to be Successful
Assemble the tools you need to develop a successful daily practice and receive the elements necessary to open the mind and develop wisdom through insight. Get some tips for making every action meaningful.
Compassion and Bodhicitta : Cultivate and Integrate These Essential Qualities
Discover practices that develop our innate qualities of compassion. Learn to apply these techniques to generate the mind of bodhichitta.
Interdependent Arising : Examine How All Things Are Connected and Conditional
Study one of the fundamental insights of Buddha: everything exists in relation to other things. All things exist in a conditional state and in a continual process of change. This is a fundamental building block for developing greater insight, awareness and inner transformation.
Karma : Review the Law of Actions and Consequences
Introduce oneself to the non-theistic, rational, ethical system in which you learn how intention - in one's physical actions, in how one speaks, and in what one thinks - always leaves imprints that lead to consequences at a later time. Learn the facts about the law of cause and effect. Know how to reduce harmful acts and increase helpful acts. Find out ways to deal with life most effectively and take control of one's future.
Death and Rebirth : Explore the Real Nature of Cyclical Existence
Understand the process of death and rebirth; what dies and what is reborn. Learn to recognize and fulfill your highest purpose in this life, and develop the skills to help yourself and others at death.
Meditation on Emptiness
As realization of emptiness is imperative for the attainment of liberation and enlightenment, learn analytical meditation, which helps break through the shell of our pre-existing concepts and create the right conditions for us to eventually experience emptiness. Familiarize with stabilizing meditation and resolve the nature of mind as taught by Mahamudra teachers.
The Mind of Ignorance and Insight : Empower Yourself by Knowing Yourself
Discover the way to free ourselves into the open dimension of Enlightenment from the root of our fear and frustration. Empower yourself with practical skills to deal with and to eradicate disturbing emotions.
The Path : Follow an Accelerated, Systematic Process to Achieve Enlightenment
Get an outline of the entire Tibetan Buddhist path to awakening. Study the life story of the Buddha and discover the step-by-step path to enlightenment according to Gampopa's Thargyan (Ornament of the Precious Liberation).
The Spiritual Teacher : Learn the Importance of Finding the Right Teacher
Understand the need for an authentic teacher on the spiritual path, the qualities of teacher and student, and how to relate to a teacher for greatest benefit.
Tantra : Receive an Introduction to this Special Form of Practice
Tantra is a core part of Tibetan Vajrayana practice. Learn what tantra is, how it works, and why it is such a powerful way to open one's mind. Get a broad overview of the four classes of tantra and learn to work with simple Kriya and/or Charya tantric methods. The 2-day Nyung-ney fasting-ritual practice will also be introduced.
Special Integrated Retreat : Consolidate and Integrate Everything You've Learned
As a part of the earlier sessions, participants will have spent time developing stability in the mind through Shamatha meditation, spent a week in retreat focusing on impermanence and an additional week in retreat meditating on compassion. This final session multiplies the benefits of all the previous sessions by guiding the practitioner through the practices of the hundred-thousand refuge prayers with prostrations, Vajrasattva mantra recitations, Mandala offerings, and guru yoga prayers. These are very potent and fundamental practices which will act as a powerful spring board for your practice at the end of the program.