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The Empty Mirror – Meditations on the Heart Sutra
October 25, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - October 29, 2018 @ 1:00 pm$595
The Heart Sutra is one of the seminal texts in the Buddhist tradition. It is a brief yet complete statement of the Perfection of Wisdom literature from the Mahayanna (Great Vehicle) period of Indian Buddhism. It was first composed in the 3rd century and over the centuries it has been extensively studied, commented on and used as a basis for meditation. Today it is still chanted daily in monasteries and practice centers throughout the world.
The key aspects of the Perfection of Wisdom literature, particularly the Heart Sutra, are the teachings on Emptiness. These teachings and the meditation practices based on them are specifically designed to strip away the confusions of the ordinary mind which are based in the tendency to obsessively and mostly unconsciously conceptualize experience. As the Buddha discovered centuries before these texts were composed, our habitual mental and emotional habits are the principle cause of suffering. The progressive undoing of these habits is the heart of the path beyond suffering and toward freedom. The teachings on emptiness are a powerful part of this work.
In this retreat, we will first place the Heart Sutra in its historical context and then go through the text line by line. As the whole topic of emptiness can be difficult and confusing, we will place special emphasis in the teachings about how best to approach this and particularly how best to use the teachings on emptiness in meditation 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, September 21st. Checks should be made out to Clear Mountain Wisdom and sent to: Claudia Hansson, 3013, Moshiron Dr., Foresthill, CA 95631.