Buddha and the Yogis: Crossing Paths, Bodhisattvas and Warriors

  • Menla Retreat & Spa Menla Retreat & Spa
  • 375 Panterkill Road PO Box 70 Phoenicia, NY 12464 United States
  • Jun 30 - Jul 7, 2019 (8 days)
  • MENLA Deluxe Queen - $2,876.00 MENLA Deluxe Double (Shared Room) - $2,291.00 MENLA Private Queen - $2,682.00 MENLA Deluxe Double - Shared bath (Shared Room) - $2,184.00 MENLA Private Full Bed (Shared Bath) - $2,623.00 MENLA Deluxe Quad (Shared Room)

About This Event

Insight that invites transformation arises where seemingly contradictory or opposing things meet; where night meets day, inhale meets exhale, or peace meets war. This is yoga, and this is the Mahayana. If each differing side stands unwavering in its own form, intelligence can grind to a halt. Instead of resistance to the other, a healthy mind learns to compare and contrast while contemplating differences and questioning similarities.

In today’s world differences and diversity are being used as roots for divisiveness and there is no room for understanding the common thread of compassion that is at the center of every human heart. Lies are replacing truth, conscience is out of vogue and diversity is becoming a breeding ground for hatred and violence. This sort of intolerance is not new, but it has reached epic levels in current times`

In this week-long course we will dive deeply into practices and philosophical underpinnings of Buddhism and yoga, training our bodies and minds, opening to new perspectives. We will explore central themes and illuminating corners of these two great schools which share a common root yet have healthy dissimilarities, to see beyond surface differences that might fool us into pitting them one against the other. Using asana, meditation, chanting and lively philosophical discussions we will cultivate the questioning mind and the clarity that is an open, tender heart. By comparing and contrasting the devotional text of the Bhagavad Gita with the study of Mahayana, we will explore how this may inform us on a path toward insight and compassion.

Please note: you may register for the entire retreat online, or if you can only attend part of the retreat, please email Amber at (contact info blocked) to make partial-registration arrangements. 


Sunday, June 30th

3 – 8pm Check-In

4:15pm Early Arrival Asanas

6 – 7pm Dinner

7:30pm Welcome & Opening Discussion (All Faculty)

Monday, July 1st – Saturday, July 6th

5:00 – 7:00am Mysore-style Open Yoga Practice

6:30 – 7:15am Beginner Yoga (Taylor)

7:15 – 9:15am Internal Form Yoga (Freeman)

9:30 – 10:30am Breakfast

10:45am – 12:00pm Chanting, Pranayama, Meditation (Freeman)

12:00 – 4:00pm Free time (Spa, pool, hiking trails)

1:00 – 2:00pm Lunch

4:00 – 5:45pm Afternoon Class (Thurman)

6:00 – 7:15pm Dinner

7:30 – 9:00pm Evening Discussion (Freeman & Thurman)

Sunday, July 7th

5:00 – 7:00am Mysore-style Open Yoga Practice

6:30 – 7:15am Beginner Yoga (Taylor)

7:15 – 9:00am Internal Form Yoga (Freeman)

9:15 – 10:15am Breakfast & Check-out of Rooms

10:30am – 12:30pm Closing Discussion (All Faculty)

12:30 – 1:30pm Lunch & Departure

* Schedule is subject to change at anytime

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