Annual Summer Meditation Intensive—July 2018

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Attendance dates for the Summer Meditation Intensive have changed – we are now asking participants to register and attend a week at a time, in full.  Each separate week is a retreat within the Month-Long Meditative Container.  If you would like to attend more than one consecutive week, please register for both weeks and you can experience a continuous retreat.

Week 1

July 1-6: Resilience Through the Life Story of the Buddha (this week has been cancelled)

Week 2

July 7-13: Heart Cultivation: Slogan Practice and Tonglen 

**Registration is now closed**

Live-Streaming registration is now closed

Lama Willa, Lopon Liz, & Camille Hykes:

The second week of the July month-long Practice Intensive will focus on the teachings and practices of Heart Cultivation (Lojong).  Heart Cultivation, a lineage that derives from the teachings of Atisha, emphasizes that every moment of our lives can be practice. We will explore how difficult states and obstacles are especially welcome opportunities for transformation. Textual study sessions will focus on Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life (Bodhicaryavatara) and Jamgon Kongtrul’s The Great Path of Awakening.  Retreatants are requested to purchase and bring these books with them.  A practice interview with Lama Willa or Lopon Liz is guaranteed.  Interviews are scheduled at time of check-in, not before.

Week 2 Special Event (open to the public!):  July 8, 4-5pm  Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony

Week 2 Program Curriculum & Schedule questions:  elizabeth@naturaldharma.org

Week 3

July 14-21: Vajrayana as a Path of Compassion

**Registration is now closed**

Lopon Liz, Lama Willa, Kathe McKenna, Lama Karma Chotso, Brendan Kennedy

How is Vajrayana Buddhism a path of compassion? In this week-long intensive, we will explore different dimensions of the vibrant tradition of the Vajrayana as a path of compassion, the branch of Buddhism extending from the Himalayan Regions of South Asia. We will explore some of the Vajrayana’s key features, such as:

    • Reverence, as a stance of profound appreciation and willingness to be transformed by the power of sacred view, meditation, and action.
    • Generating wholesomeness, the practices of arising, dissolving, and resting in our own inherent nature.
    • Outer, inner, secret, and innermost secret retreat. How to create the conditions for engaging in sacred world, whether we are practicing being in retreat with a group, alone, or in our daily lives.
    • How the Vajrayana cultivates relationship and the interpersonal through connecting with the lineage.
    • Some teachings & study of Creation and Completion.

A practice interview with Lama Willa or Lopon Liz is guaranteed.  Interviews are scheduled at time of check-in, not before.

Week 3 Special Event (open to the public!):  July 15, 4-6pm      Vajrasattva Empowerment and Transmission

Week 3 Program Curriculum & Schedule questions:  elizabeth@naturaldharma.org

Week 4

July 24-31:  Restricted to Vajrayana Level III students

Registration is available directly from the Program page. **Registration is now closed**

Week 4 Special Event (open to the public!):  July 31, 10-11am   Fire Puja

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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)

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Annual Summer Meditation Intensive—July 2018

at Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

  • Jul 1, 2018 - Jul 31, 2018 (31 days)

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