Choiceless Magic: A Winter City Meditation Retreat in Los Angeles
- Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles
- Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, CA, United States
- Dec 26, 2017 - Jan 1, 2018 (7 days)
Designed for both newcomers and experienced students, this week-long meditation retreat or weekthün draws on the teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. The daily schedule includes sitting and walking meditation and instruction, dharma talks, silence, movement, individual sessions with a meditation instructor, contemplative art experiences, meals, snacks, a hearty afternoon tea, and a closing celebration. We will support each other in maintaining the joyful discipline of retreat in community.
Within the context of the weekthün practice for this retreat, contemplative art exercises will allow us to explore how meditative awareness and peaceful abiding can become the ground of seeing things as they are, discovering the ordinary magic of our everyday lives. These exercises are seen as enriching or extending the basic mindfulness awareness practice, not substituting for it or taking away from it. No previous art experience is required. The retreat is for everyone.
"Magic in this case is power. Not power over others but power beyond ‘over others.' It is the power within oneself. You have enough strength and exertion and energy to view things as they are, personally, properly, and directly. You have the chance to experience the brightness of life, and the haziness of life, which is also a source of power.... It is not true that there is no magic these days, that we are in the dark ages.... The only magic that exists is this life, this world, the particular phenomena we are all experiencing right this moment. Right now, right here, you are in this magic…. Magic is direct and personal and lingers in our state of being.... It is choiceless magic"
~ from True Perception by Chögyam Trungpa