May 26 – 29, 2017
What is it?
In these times, there is always so much to do, we are constantly rushing and multi-tasking, checking our phones and email, and we are becoming more and more distracted. We are less able to focus on the task at hand, which impairs our ability to do things well – our jobs, driving, listening, sports, and also spiritual practice. Recent research has suggested that people spend as much as 50% of their days in mental distraction. In addition, a distracted mind is more prone to falling under the sway of disturbing emotions – depression, anger, obsession, fear, overwhelm – and a focused mind can lead to greater inner peace, joy and emotional balance. A concentrated mind is also needed to develop deep spiritual realizations.
In this retreat we will learn the basics of how to cultivate a focused mind through shi-né (shamatha or calm abiding) practice using various objects of meditation according to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.
- Learn how to develop inner peace and greater emotional balance with the methods of calm-abiding.
- Reconnect and find joy with your daily practice.
- Cultivate a greater sense of caring and interconnection with others.
- See how disturbing emotions and mental problems arise.
- Attention Revolution, Alan Wallace
- Calming the Mind: Tibetan Buddhist Teachings on Cultivating Meditative Quiescence, Gen Lanrimpa
- Please plan on arriving between 3:00 and 5:00 PM on the first day of the retreat.
- Please plan on departing approximately 2:00 PM on the last day of the retreat.
- For a preview of our accommodations, please click here.
- For answers to frequently asked questions, please click here.
If you are interested in serving as Course Liaison for this retreat, please apply here.