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Mahamudra and the Practice of Natural Mind
June 21, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - June 28, 2015 @ 12:00 amFree
The principle aim of all Buddhist practice is to free the mind from the habitual and deeply conditioned patterns that the Buddha discovered to be the principle cause of human suffering. In the long and rich history of Buddhist thought and practice, there were many different approaches and styles of meditation practice that aimed at reducing and ultimately eliminating this burden of suffering and beyond that a more positive and refined vision of human experience.
The Path of Mahamudra was originally developed in the later period of Indian Buddhism and then refined for over a 1,000 years in the monasteries and hermitages of Tibet. In the past 50 years, it has been widely taught in the Western countries by Tibetan refugee teachers and Western teachers that they have trained. One of the features of the Mahamaudra approach is that it presents a very systematic and detailed series of practices that begin with developing a base of stable attention and ultimately leads to an experience of the mind which is not dominated by our patterns of habitual mental processing of experience. At first, this is only a glimpse or flash of insight but with continued practice this experienced can be stabilized in formal meditation practice. As practice develops further, one can ultimately live from this perspective.
In this retreat we will present the basic teachings and practices for each of the stages of Mahamudra. We will also provide guided meditation sessions so that each participant understands exactly how to proceed with the practice. Mahamudra is also known as a relational tradition in that it is important to regularly review your meditation experience with a teacher. To that end, each person will have a daily individual interview to review practice, answer questions and clear up any confusing points. In this retreat, we plan to place greater emphasis on practice experience than in years past. The retreat will also include movement and energy practices as these are an important part of Mahamudra training.
The cost of the retreat is $1,125 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 by March 1st. The balance is due by May 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.