Note that this retreat is a replacement for the cancelled retreat “Tasting the Essence of Tantra Series 2: Module 1” and “Introduction to Tantra” with Rob Preece.
February 27 – March 4, 2018
Beginner and Advanced
What is it?
How our mind responds to the experiences of our life is crucial to our psychological health and well being. Skillfully learning to be with our emotional processes and reactions is central to this. During this retreat, we will look at the psychological implications of the 8-point mind training teachings, as well as an approach to meditation that can help us be with our experiences in a way that is beneficial for both self and others.
Rob will teach on the Eight Verses of Thought Transformation with inclusion of shamatha and vipassana. This text falls in the category of Mind Training (lo-jong) texts and is a classic of all branches of Tibetan Buddhism. It was composed by Kadampa Geshe Langri Tangpa (1054-1123). It is the basis for developing bodhicitta and transforming adversities into joy and courage.
Eight Verses of Thought Transformation
Determined to obtain the greatest possible benefit from all sentient beings, who are more precious than a wish-fulfilling jewel, I shall hold them most dear at all times.
When in the company of others, I shall always consider myself the lowest of all, and from the depths of my heart hold others dear and supreme.
Vigilant, the moment a delusion appears in my mind, endangering myself and others, I shall confront and avert it without delay.
Whenever I see beings who are wicked in nature and overwhelmed by violent negative actions and suffering, I shall hold such rare ones dear, as if I had found a precious treasure.
When, out of envy, others mistreat me with abuse, insults, or the like, I shall accept defeat and offer the victory to others.
When someone whom I have benefited and in whom I have great hopes gives me terrible harm, I shall regard that person as my holy guru.
In short, both directly and indirectly, do I offer every happiness and benefit to all my mothers. I shall secretly take upon myself all their harmful actions and suffering.
Undefiled by the stains of the superstitions of the eight worldly concerns, may I, by perceiving all phenomena as illusory, be released from the bondage of attachment.
- Learn how to face obstacles with joy and courage.
- Learn how to change our perspective by seeing through the lens of love and compassion.
- 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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