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Emptiness Yoga

Event Description

We undergo needless torment because we don’t see things as they are; we see in things a graspable, solid nature that they lack. The Buddha is “the Awakened One,” the one free from this delusory dream.

If people and things do not exist as they appear, then how do they exist? And how can we practice so as to approach and gain intimacy with this basic nature?


June 22 – 25, 2017



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What is it?

Practice, in this tradition, requires contemplative reasoning that relentlessly attacks the appearance of an independent, objective reality while steering clear of nihilistic extremes.

As long as we each take ourselves to have our own natural reality, our hearts cannot fully open to those whom we see as “others.” The bodhisattva path of love depends on a much deeper sense of interconnectedness.

In this July 2015 teaching at Sravasti Abbey, Dr. Guy Newland gives an introduction to the course and main players in Buddhist philosophy. The importance of understanding emptiness correctly and how it relates to cultivating compassion.

Additional Information

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  • 22 June 2017 to 25 June 2017

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Teacher Bio


Guy Newland

Chairperson of the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Central Michigan University. His books include Introduction to Emptiness and A Buddhist Grief Observed. He also translated and edited the Dalai Lama's From Here to Enlightenment and co-edited the three-volume translation of Tsongkhapa's Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment.

Emily Hsu

Emily Hsu completed FPMT's 7-year Master's Program at Instituto Lama Tsong Khapa in Italy in 2004, a condensed version of the geshe studies curriculum. As a graduate of the Master's Program, she is authorized to teach courses which are normally taught by geshes. After completing this intensive study program Emily subsequently completed a ten-month solitary retreat in Spain to integrate the material. Emily continues to do at least one three month retreat in Nepal every year in order to deepen her practice, transforming intellectual knowledge into felt experience.

Option A is a slightly lower cost designed to allow as many people to attend as possible.

Option B reflects the true cost of hosting visitors and is higher as a result.

The accommodations are the same for both and you can choose whichever price suits your financial needs.

Financial Aid is Available

Fees (inclusive of accommodation, meals, retreat fees)

Option A Option B
Camping $276.00 $345.00
Main Dormitory $357.00 $465.00
Semi-Private Dormitory $387.00 $495.00
Private Room $537.00 $645.00
Private Room – extra person
$330.00 $435.00
Cabin $642.00 $750.00
Cabin – extra person
$345.00 $480.00
10% membership discounts are applicable for members.
Level 1: One Student $170.00
Level 2: Two Students $340.00

We want to make retreat available to everyone.  With this in mind, we will gladly work out a payment plan with you. If you need even more assistance, we offer several scholarships. Please note that the scholarship deadline is one month before retreat begins.

If you have additional questions after reviewing the guidelines for payment plans and/or scholarships, please email the Office at