About This Event
Everyone is welcome to this retreat and no prior experience of meditation is needed.
ContentBuddhist TeachingsGuided meditation and contemplationsDiscussion and Q&A sessionsTime for rest, relaxation and enjoying nature
We’re delighted to welcome Chagdud Khadro back to Dzogchen Beara, to teach on The Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind from Samsara, a framework for us to examine the far-reaching impact of our choices and to encourage us to take responsibility for our lives.
The Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind from Samsara (the realm of illusion and suffering) are found in the “preliminary practices” (ngondro) of Tibetan Buddhism. These powerful contemplations have the power to bring us to a deep appreciation of our life and inspire us to use it as well as we can.
As a modern woman and a fully trained Buddhist Lama, Chagdud Khadro is ideally suited to share these teachings, and to discuss their meaningful integration into our lives. Khadro will also introduce and guide meditation.
The Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind from Samsara
1. Precious Human Birth
Our human life gives us optimal conditions for spiritual development. Contemplating the gift of this life encourages us to use it well, to joyfully recognise that we have a precious body or opportunity, which is like a wish-fulfilling jewel that is very difficult to obtain.
We have no idea when we will die. Contemplating impermanence reminds us how fragile our life is, and brings enthusiasm for our spiritual path, as our life may be taken away at any moment! In the midst of ceaseless change, paradoxically, the realisation of impermanence is the only thing we can hold onto.
Karma is the natural and unfailing relationship between cause and effect. This contemplation helps us to see that the quality of our life is determined by the quality of our actions, which is why we should devote our energies to our spiritual path. As Buddha said, “What you are is what you have been, what you will be is what you do now”.
4. The Suffering of Samsara
Attachment to fleeting experiences, material things and dependence on others are all obstacles to success on our spiritual path. This contemplation helps us realise this, to change our basic attitude and to make a firm decision to dedicate ourselves to spiritual practice, to free ourselves from clinging to these causes of suffering.
The retreat will be held in our clifftop shrine room, with floor-to-ceiling windows offering spectacular ocean views.
Delicious two course vegetarian lunches, with soup and bread in the evenings. Cooked with love at Dzogchen Beara, using homegrown and organic ingredients whenever possible.