RETREAT – Blueprint for Freedom: finding joy and stability in chaotic times (in-person and Zoom)
September 2 @ 5:30 pm - September 4 @ 5:30 pm PDT
In this time and culture, it’s easy to fall prey to the illusion that if we cultivate increasingly positive emotions in relationship to our lives, bodies, fellow humans and so on, we’ll eventually be happier. We invest time and energy wholeheartedly chasing happiness and safety, both on the meditation cushion and off—all the while quite possibly inadvertently deepening the very habits that increase our distress. A better understanding of the architecture of suffering, paired with wise and careful meditation can lift us from this confusion and point us in new and more fruitful directions.
In this weekend retreat, we’ll explore meditations drawn from the words and spirit of two beloved sutras* and advice from the great Nyingma master, Longchenpa. We’ll work at the intersection of shamatha and mind/heart training to familiarize ourselves with view, meditation and actions that will help us recognize the spiritual opportunity inherent in moments of chaos and fear.
This retreat is suitable for beginners and yet rich enough for more experienced students.
Retreat begins on Friday evening with a meal and practice, and ends Sunday with a community lunch. The retreat is also offered as livestream, on Zoom. To register, click here. Zoom links and additional information are sent when you register. Since this retreat is at another site, VH students will also be required to pay the tuition.
*We’ll reference the wisdom of the Anattalakkhana and Heart sutras, as well as Longchenpa’s post-meditation instructions from ‘Finding Rest in Illusion’, working at the intersection of Lojong (Mind/Heart Training) and formal meditation to decrease suffering while increasing meditative stability, ease and joy.