Dzogchen Kyudo Retreat: "First Shot Best Shot"
May 25th to June 2nd 2020
“When we draw down the power and depth of vastness into a single perception, then we are discovering and invoking magic. By magic we do not mean unnatural power over the phenomenal world, but rather the discovery of innate or primordial wisdom in the world as it is.”
Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
I just wanted to send a note going over the idea of retreat practice and the view of the Kyudo retreat coming up at the end of this month.
The idea of retreat practice is to fully engage the view and technique of whatever form of practice the retreat is focused on. At DMC we offer a variety of retreats throughout the year. Each retreat focuses on a different practice within the mandala of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s lineage. I view Kyudo as a practice within this mandala. Shibata Sensei was a master of kKudo who was invited by Trungpa Rinpoche to come to the USA to teach Kyudo to Trungpa’s students. I was one of those students. Beginning in 1987, I studied Kyudo with other students of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.
Over the years the emphasis of Kyudo has changed and it is taught as a Japanese contemplative art outside of the teachings of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. That is not what I offer here at DMC.
People who study Kyudo with me will also engage the teachings of Trungpa Rinpoche. Kyudo is the technique, but the view of the practice is Dzogchen as expressed by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche through his teachings.
Generally the retreats at DMC are ‘closed retreats.’ This means that participants enter the retreat at the beginning and stay for the entire time. Retreats are meant to be completely immersive experiences. We disconnect from our usual engagements and focus primarily on the training being offered. During closed retreats participants are not allowed to leave the retreat boundaries for the duration of the retreat unless there is an emergency. We avoid use of the internet and cellphones.
All meals are provided as well as accommodations.
Wake up 6:30
7-8 Sitting meditation in the main shrine room
8-9 Breakfast in the community room
9-12 Kyudo Training
12-1:30 Lunch and break
1:30- 3 work period
3:30-5:30 Kyudo Training
6:00 -7:00 Dinner
7-8 Sitting meditation
8-10 campfire and informal time
10 Lights out
Kyuo Instructor DMC
"With every shot see your true nature" Awa Kenzo
Trungpa Rinpoche "Dharma Art"
This retreat will explore kyudo training as the technique for realizing the nature of mind. During this retreat we will explore the traditional teachings of isshin and zanshin from the Japanese contemplative and martial arts and how they correlate with our training in Dzogchen and Mahamudra. In particular we will be looking at Trungpa's pith instructions on Dharma Art and Shambhala Warriorship and applying these instructions in our Kyudo training.
Isshin means "one mind". This is the training of shamatha meditation for Dzogchen Practitioners and, in particular, constitutes cutting through the tendency of following one thought after another. For the Kyudo practitioner we use the 7 steps of shooting the bow to synchornize mind and body in the activity of shooting the bow.
$495.00 Includes Room and Board
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