Mahayana Practice Intensive August 6-12, 2018

Dzogchen Summer Seminary Mahayana Practice Intensive

August 6-12, 2018

Dzogchen Summer Seminary Mahayana Practice Intensive

Pre-requisites:  Attendence at an "Introduction to Meditation" retreat at DMC or permission of the instructor

August 6-12,2018

“The sword of prajna cuts both ways: it cuts oneself, that is to say, what you hang on to as ego fixation, and it cuts your projection, what you hang on to as other. When you cut both ego fixation and grasping, then you experience the basic truth, which is called shunyata, Shunya means “empty,” and ta means “ness,” so “empty-ness.” This is the heart of the Buddha’s discovery, the basic teaching, the basic truth.

How do we do this? First, we experience peacefulness with ourselves in the practice of shamatha. Then we experience the intelligence and inquisitiveness of vispashyana, and that gives rise to maitri, tendersness. That, in turn, gives rise to the radiation of tenderness, which we call compassion. And because of that it is possible to experience shunyata, which basically means experience without reference point: no reference point to oneself, no reference point to one’s projections, and no reference point to experience itself. However, we could never travel that path without tenderness; without generating kindness to ourselves and to others, we would not trust the groundlessness of shunyata. So the thread of tenderheartedness continues throughout our entire journey in the mahayana. And when we come upon the actual experience of the quintessence, the truth of the Buddhist teaching, that kindness seems to be the cause.”

“Prajnaparamita” pp 38, The Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin, 1988 Seminary.

This practice intensive comes at the beginning of the Mahayana period of practice and study in the Three Yana training.  During this intensive practitioners will be introduced to the practice of Tonglen and the notion of the Bodhisattva Vow.  The Bodhisattva intention is to give up our involvement with practice as some type of "self-improvement project" and to realize that we are practicing with the intention to benefit all sentient beings.  The development of unbiased compassion and tenderness becomes the method and universal panacea for dissolving fundamental aggression.  This in turn leads to the realization of shunyata -- the ongoing experience and trust in nonreference point as the fundamental ground.  Participants will receive group and private face to face meditation instruction.  The main teacher of this retreat will be Tashi Armstrong.


Wake up 5:30 a.m.

6-8 a.m Morning meditation with a half hour of tonglen practice

8-8:30 Oryoki Breakfast

9-12 morning bodhisattva vows, sitting meditation and tonglen practice

12-12:30 Oryoki Lunch

12:30- 2 rest period

2-3:30 work period

4-6 Sitting meditation and tonglen practice

6-7 Dinner and rest

7-9 Sitting meditation and tonglen practice

10 pm Lights out.

The cost of the retreat is $350.00 which includes room and board.

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Event Date 08-06-2018
Event End Date 08-12-2018
Individual Price $350.00
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