The Wakeful Body
- Wonderwell Mountain Refuge
- Springfield, NH, United States
- Sep 5, 2018 - Sep 9, 2018 (5 days)
Experience the magic of New England in the early Fall with a unique intermediate-level retreat combining meditation and yoga in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.
Awakening is a non-conceptual realization of the mind’s nature. Yet we might spend many years pursuing awakening in ways that are conceptual. When we strive after the mind’s nature with a conceptual approach, our practice becomes entangled in duality. The awakening that lives beyond the conceptual mind is not a mental transformation, but rather a psycho-physical one. But how can we access something that is beyond ideas we have about it?
The ancient wisdom of the Vajrayana path offers an innovative and holistic approach to solving this problem. Beginning with the theory that mind pervades the body, these teachings maintain that awakening is more easily accessed by fully including the body and movement on the spiritual path, rather than attending solely to the mind. The body has four qualities that make it an ideal field of practice: It is grounded. It is fully present. It is non-conceptual. And it is wakeful. When these four qualities are recognized and worked with in the body, the conceptual constraints that prevent us from realizing the mind’s nature are more easily released.
In this five day retreat, we will fully explore the embodied vision of awakening extending from the ancient practices of Tibetan yoga. In this retreat, we will study the theory of bodily awakening, learn yogic exercises, and cultivate somatic meditations designed to gradually unleash their body-mind’s natural wakefulness. These profound practices of the body bring wisdom, equanimity, compassion and peace down from the realm of ideation into the truth of lived experience.
This is an intermediate level retreat: Prior exposure to a regular meditation practice is recommended, and retreatants keep a discipline of noble silence. The retreat includes meditation sessions, daily teachings and 90 minutes of yoga per day.