Preparing the Ground: Mahamudra Retreat is the first module in Tasting the Essence of Tantra, Series 2. This series of retreats builds on the hugely successful experiential meditation training program, Tasting the Essence of Tantra, Series 1 that Rob Preece offered here from 2013 to 2017.
Series 2 is a six-module program that commences in the Spring of 2018. It will be delivered twice yearly for three years, ending in the Fall of 2020.
Each module comprises a five-day residential retreat which may be completed as a standalone. However, since each retreat will form part of an unfolding series, an engagement in the entire process would be recommended for the full benefit to be gained.
Module 1 Description
The practice of Mahamudra will be introduced as well as an emphasis on the relationship to the body as the essential ground of transformation and awakening. Through this, we begin to discover the capacity of awareness to be with our experiences and a true meaning of inner refuge. This retreat will be the foundation of some of the fundamentals of meditation upon which the other retreats are based. Mahamudra introduces us to the innate clarity of our mind through a process of meditation that goes beneath our ordinary conceptual mind. This will particularly follow an approach that was often taught by Lama Yeshe when he was alive.
During this retreat we will also explore the nature of refuge and our alignment with our innate Buddha potential. It will orient around the practice of Shakyamuni Buddha as the source of refuge and the reflection of our own innate nature. Our understanding of refuge shifts and deepens as the journey of awakening unfolds; what often begins as a refuge in intellectual knowledge must change to become a real and direct relationship to our true nature.
There will be a particular emphasis upon working within the body. Meditation will be supported by the movement practice of Kum Nye to help sustain a healthy release of processes arising within the body.
Prerequisites Apply. See Prerequisite tab for more info.
This retreat will be primarily in silence with guided meditation practices throughout. Rob will also open up the space for discussion in order to address people’s questions. This is an opportunity to investigate deeply the way in which Tantra can be integrated into our Western experience and emerge as a creative process.
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.
If you are interested in serving as Course Liaison for this retreat, please apply here.