Four Month Inner Freedom Retreat
- Nyingma Institute
- Berkeley, CA, US
- Aug 31, 2017 - Dec 16, 2017 (108 days)
- $6800 - $9200
Have you ever considered what might be possible with a deep pause? Give yourself an invaluable gift: the self-discovery that comes from an intensive period of practice and study. The Four Month Retreat is Nyingma Institute’s cornerstone program, a precious opportunity for participants to settle deeply into being.
You will be guided through a progression of meditative techniques drawn from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, in a curriculum designed for lasting impact. Emerge with an expanded understanding of the nature of awareness, a multitude of methods for working with mind, body, senses, and emotions, and fresh insight into the richness and possibilities of being.
Month 1: BODY TOUCHING MIND
Calming mind and opening our senses more fully, we enter an open field of awareness. By cultivating a garden of inner experience, we activate healing energy and discover a hidden vitality. With inner balance restored, we awaken the possibility of befriending all experience.
Month 2: UN-FIXING OURSELVES
Explore a potent array of meditative practices and contemplations carefully calibrated to illuminate the operation of our sensation, feeling, and thinking. The powerful influences coloring our experience are revealed, and our sense of what is anchoring the reality of our perceptions, feelings, and ideas is transformed.
Opening up to ourselves we enter a new adventure beyond the familiar and restrictive sensory experiences beyond the known characters of our own habitual thinking.
Month 3: WISDOM & COMPASSION
With unflinching honesty and tenderness, we observe and investigate our own experience. Insights arise that point towards the root causes of unease and suffering. As habitual patterns are penetrated, it becomes possible to release the energy that powers insight and transformation.
Month 4: TRANSFORMATION & INTEGRATION
As we stabilize the unity of stillness and insight, we begin to access dynamic knowledge and our deep creative potential. We make direct contact with our own purpose, and life itself becomes the rich field of inquiry that leads directly into the mystery of being.
The curriculum of this retreat deals with the grounded, human experience of growth and change on a level that does not require a set belief system. Buddhists and non-Buddhists are both welcome.