September 12 – 15, 2019
What is it?
In the Perfection of Wisdom Sutras, the Buddha identified wisdom realizing emptiness as the means to cut through the ignorance. Without this understanding, we are bound into cyclic existence and stuck in our unenlightened state. While such stainless wisdom is said to be somewhat difficult to cultivate, masters of the Indian and Tibetan Madhyamika tradition, such as Nagarjuna, Chandrakirti, and Lama Tsongkhapa, have left us a treasure of insightful texts and commentaries to aid us in this process.
In this group meditation retreat, we will focus on the various techniques for contemplating the wisdom of emptiness, utilizing teachings from a number of these great Madhyamika masters of the past as well as accomplished contemporary practitioners. In conjunction with guided meditations on emptiness, we will use the practices of Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga and A Meditation Upon Orange Manjushri to structure our meditation sessions.
In addition to guided meditation sessions, the retreat will also include teachings on emptiness and concentration, as well as brief commentary on the practices being used. No tantric empowerment’s are required to participate, although it will be ideal if one has studied this topic previously.
- Insight Into Emptiness by Khensur Jampa Tegchok
- How to Realize Emptiness (formerly published as Realizing Emptiness) by Gen Lamrimpa
- The Middle Way: Faith Grounded in Reason by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
- Introduction to Emptiness: Tsong-Kha-Pa’s Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path by Guy Newland
- 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
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If you are interested in serving as Course Liaison for this retreat, please apply here.
Ordained monastics should contact the office directly to register.