Emptiness and Compassion: Using Deity Practice to Develop Awakened Compassion
October 17 @ 7:00 pm - October 21 @ 1:00 pm$595
In the practices of Mahayana Buddhism, the Two Wings of Enlightenment are wisdom and compassion. Wisdom is the direct knowing of things as they are once our habitual conceptual fabrications are exposed. This more direct perception of reality, which depends on winding down habitual self-involvement, opens the door to expression of compassion for all beings without exception.
Within the Tibetan Buddhist world, meditation on the great Bodhisattva Avalokitasvara (Chenrezig in Tibetan) is the principle practice used to develop awakened compassion. We will teach the various stages in the practice with some emphasis on how the wisdom practices of the emptiness of all phenomena create the ground which allows compassion to arise.
The basic practice text for this meditation in our lineage was written by the great 16th century master, Tang Tong Gyalpo. We will give precise and detailed instructions on how to use this simple yet profound text. In addition, we will have some general discussion on how to effectively use creative visualization and mantra recitation as a complete path of practice or as an enhancement to silent sitting.
During the retreat, we will also explore the meaning of compassion and its importance in meditation practice. Our orientation is that compassion is not simply a feeling or sentiment. Rather, it is a fundamental capacity of the mind that can be nurtured and developed through practice.
The cost of the retreat is $595 and covers single room accommodations and all meals. If you wish to participate, please send a check for the full amount by Friday, August 30th. Checks should be made out to Clear Mountain Wisdom and sent to: Dan Jorgensen, 13118 Thistledown Court, Auburn, CA 95603