'I would like to offer a teaching on a text by omniscient Longchen Rabjampa called The Jewel Ship: A Guide to Ultimate Bodhicitta (pacifying all dualism of conceptual mind and perfecting non-duality wisdom, the original essence of mind), the Source of all Samsara and Enlightenment.
This is a most profound and special text. Of course, in Buddhism we have so many different relative teachings according to sentient beings’ mental capacity. In this case, this is a most essential and ultimate teaching because it is from the Great Perfection. It gives the essential pointing out instructions on the essence of mind, the ultimate Buddha, our own original abiding nature. It is called The Jewel Ship because it shows how to cross the ocean of samsara in one instant.
In The Jewel Ship, Longchenpa explains the extraordinary qualities of the Great Perfection amongst all Dharma teachings. He gives a basic preparation for the path with an explanation of how to find a teacher that you can rely on, explaining the positive qualities of such a teacher. He also describes the kinds of teachers that are fake and unreliable. He shows too what kinds of students the teacher can rely upon and what kinds of students are unreliable. The omniscient Longchenpa then synthesizes all of the teachings of the view, meditation, action and result of the Great Perfection teachings as the main practice in this short text. We can discuss all of these during this retreat.
This teaching will introduce you to a profound practice, one that you can use your whole life. ' Lama Tharchin
Summer Retreat: May 22- June 21
Dorje Drolod: May 22 – 30
Throma Nagmo: June 1 – 9
Shitro Nakso: June 11– 12
Collection of Seven Treasures Drupchen: June 13 – 21
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To Santa Cruz/Aptos/POL from SF and SJ airports:
Santa Cruz Airporter
Shared from both SJ and SFO. Will drop off and pick up in Aptos at Seacliff Inn. From here you will need a taxi.
Early Bird Airport Shuttle
Private, door-to-door shuttle transportation between POL and both San Francisco and San Jose International airports. Prices: $90 one way from San Jose; $120 from san Francisco. Note – prices do not include tip (15%)
Tel: (831) 462 3933. Reservations in advance recommended.
To POL from Santa Cruz area
Cheapest if going from POL<->5 Mile House
Aptos/Capitola Village Taxi
Yellow Taxi (Santa Cruz)
Local Bus to get from downtown Santa Cruz to Corralitos
Get off at 5 mile house from where you need to arrange a taxi or other transport for the last 8 miles to POL.