Annual Summer Meditation Intensive—July 2018

  • Wonderwell Mountain Refuge Wonderwell Mountain Refuge
  • 253 Philbrick Hill Road Springfield, NH 03284
  • Ongoing
  • Private Room w/En-Suite Bath - $207.00 Private Room w/Hall Bath - $180.00 Shared Room w/En-Suite Bath - $152.00 Shared Room w/Hall Bath - $137.00 Dorm - $125.00 Tenting - $108.00 Commuter - $89.00

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Those registering for July 7-13: 1) The men’s Dorm is sold out.  Dorm lodging will only accommodate registrations for women.  2) The only availability for a Shared Rm w/En-Suite Bath is for a female.

We are delighted to announce Wonderwell’s Summer Meditation Intensive (Dathun)! We invite you to join us in the land of rolling green hills and sparkling lakes for a period of deep meditation in community. Join us this July as we explore “The Power of Compassion,” how to release, relax and renounce the difficult habits that habitually obstruct our ability to contact our own inherent love and wisdom. Compassion

practices in Tibetan Buddhism are profound techniques for accessing our innate nature by reminding us how a deep and genuine relationship to ourselves on all our psycho-physical levels is the key to liberation.

This month-long intensive includes meditation sessions (both guided and unguided), daily yoga, a Dharma teaching per day with the teacher-in-residence, and three textual study sessions per week.

The first week (July 1-6) the focus is Resilience Through the Life Story of the Buddha.  The life story of the Buddha stands out in religious literary history as a powerful example of how one human being transformed his relationship to suffering and discovered a way of being sourced with boundless compassion, love, and wisdom.  During the first week of the summer practice intensive, Lopon Liz Monson will guide retreatants through the life story of the Buddha as a paradigm for exploring how to be in relationship with those forces, both internal and external, that keep us from accessing and resting in our innate nature. We will focus on how the metaphorical descriptions of the Buddha’s experience of encountering “Mara” under the Bodhi tree on the night of his enlightenment, provide us with a powerful template for reconfiguring our experience of and relationship to the difficult situations, emotions, and energies that we encounter in our lives. This week combines in-depth textual study with meditation practice for a unique encounter with the Buddha as archetype, inspiration, and embodiment of wisdom and compassion.

Required Reading for the first week: The Life of the Buddha, by Tendzin Chogyal and Kurtis Schaeffer. Other books/sources TBD

During the second week (July 7-13), the textual study sessions will focus on an in-depth study of Shantideva’s Bodhisattvacaryavatara, and during the third week (July 14-21), The Words of My Perfect Teacher by Patrul Rinpoche. Teachings during the retreat will focus on accessing the heart of awakening through relationality and through resting in natural awareness. Teachings also will explore view, meditation, and action, with special attention on recognizing how our purest nature, our basic goodness, is always accessible and immediate, no matter what our present-moment experience.

Program Curriculum questions: email Lopon Liz Monson at: elizabeth@naturaldharma.org

Weekly Themes:

Week 1 – July 1-6: Self-Compassion

Week 2 – July 7-13: Slogan Practice and Tonglen (Margha students: plan to arrive between 3-5pm on July 7th)

Week 3 – July 14-21: Vajrayana as a Path of Compassion

Special Events (open to the public!):

July 1, 2-4pm        Fire Puja Instruction and Ritual

July 8, 4-5pm        Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony

July 15, 4-6pm      Vajrasattva Empowerment and Transmission

July 31, 10-11am   Fire Puja

Everyone is welcome to attend these special events as commuters without registering.  Meals and other Meditation Hall events are not included however. 

Dathun Daily Practice Schedule:

6:30-7:00       Sunrise Meditation

7:00-7:30       Breakfast

8:30-10:00     Yoga or Movement Practice

10:20-11:10   Dharma Teaching

11:30-12:15   Meditation Practice (guided)

12:15-3:00     Lunch and Mid-day Break

3:00-3:45       Meditation Practice (silent)

4:00-5:30       Dharma Study Session (M,W,F: Teacher-guided, all other days: Self-guided)

5:45-6:30       Meditation Practice (guided)

6:30-8:00       Dinner and Break

8:00-8:45       Evening Meditation (silent)

For stays of 5 nights or more, a practice interview with Lama Willa or Lopen Liz is guaranteed.  Stays less than 5 nights will receive an interview if the teacher’s schedule permits.  All interviews are scheduled at time of check-in.

Lama Willa and Lopon Liz will each be in residence most of the month, teaching and offering interviews.

Dates visiting Teachers are in-residence:

Lama John Makransky:  July 7-9

Camille Hykes:  July 7-13

Bob Morrison:  July 7-13

Lama Karma Chotso:  July 14-21

Kathe McKenna:  July 14-21

Brendan Kennedy:  July 17-21

Other resident teachers to be announced!

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