Opening the Heart in Darkness – Vajrayana Meditation Retreat
This meditation retreat focuses on Buddhism’s esoteric practice for transforming the most difficult experiences into opportunities for awakening. It is a method which harnesses the heroic energy of enlightened intent to change neurotic mind patterns and heal from traumas. It is a practice for opening to intrinsic wholeness, loving compassion, and natural resilience.
The retreat will offer training and immersion in the method known as “Cutting Through” or Chod. Chod is a practice of Tibetan Buddhism, also known as Vajrayana. It is a dynamic meditation which incorporates, vision, mantra, prayer, music, and ritual to cultivate open-hearted presence in the face of one’s fear. Chod is a Buddhist method for healing and transforming the hidden content within one’s own mind. By giving up grasping and externalized projections, the meditator taps into intrinsic courage.
The retreat will alternate between teachings, training, dynamic meditation practice and silent sitting meditation.
If you are new to Vajrayana Buddhism, we recommend you take this class first:
What to Bring
This retreat will use Vajrayana instruments, so please bring chod drum and bell with you. If you don’t have one please notify the organizers so that one can be ordered for you.