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Drawing on Water – Teachings and Practices of Direct Awareness

July 1, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - July 11, 2018 @ 11:00 am


In the later period of Indian Buddhism, masters living outside the established framework of the monastic system developed simple yet powerful methods of meditation practice.  These practices lead to the realization of the mind’s fundamental nature in this life and came to be known as the Direct Awareness teachings.  Beginning in the 9th century, these teachings were transmitted to Tibet and were further refined for the next 1,000 years.

Rather than relying on complex symbolism and rituals, these methods place heavy emphasis on working directly with our moment-to-moment experience.  Everything that we experience—sense perceptions, body sensation, thoughts and emotions—is included in practice and become stepping stones on the path.  Delusion, which is based on habitual conceptualization, is gradually stripped away allowing the true nature of mind and experience shine forth.

During the first part of the retreat, we will focus on a series of structured meditations that are designed to establish the basis for awakening to our true nature.  The teachings and practices in the later part of the retreat will be based on a short meditation text by 18th century Tibetan master Jigme Lingpa.  This short text includes all of the essential points of practice for the progressive refinement and unfolding of meditative experience and its expression in everyday life.

The cost of the retreat is $1,450 which includes single room accommodations, all meals, teachings and interviews.  If you wish to participate, please send a $100 deposit to Dan Jorgensen, 13118 Thistledown Court, Auburn, CA 95603.  The balance is due by June 1st. If you have a financial hardship, please let us know.

If you have not participated in a previous retreat with us, we ask that you fill out a short retreat application.  The reason for this is to make sure this retreat is suitable for you.  If you have any questions about the retreat or need an application, please respond to either of us by email.  Our email addresses are on our website: www.clearmountainwisdom.org.


July 1, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
July 11, 2018 @ 11:00 am


Mercy Center Auburn
535 Sacramento St
Auburn, CA 95603 United States
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