Spring Retreat: March 31–April 2, 2017
MEDITATION ON THE SIX LOKAS: PURIFYING THE OBSTACLES TO ENLIGHTENMENT
with Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
At one time or another each of us suffers strong emotions that throw us off balance, cause us to act in ways that we later regret, and disconnect us from the clear open space of our true nature.
Centuries ago the masters of the Tibetan Bön Buddhist lineage developed the meditations of the Six Lokas (or realms) specifically to meet our powerful emotions, find the medicine in so doing, and live our lives in a balanced and relaxed way.
These meditations focus on the root causes of our suffering: anger, greed, ignorance, jealousy, pride and laziness—the six destructive emotions that are the obstacles to enlightenment. In each meditation we reflect upon our habitual patterns so that we may recognize them rather than be driven by them. We then invoke the enlightened energy of the Buddhas to purify and transform these patterns, giving rise to their antidotes of love, generosity, wisdom, openness, peacefulness and compassion. We develop the sincere aspiration that we and all other beings cease to suffer in these ways.
The practices of the Six Lokas have a deeply healing and transformative power, and are traditionally practiced as a preliminary to dzogchen contemplation.
Tenzin Rinpoche welcomes everyone to join him at Serenity Ridge to explore these powerful teachings and apply them in our lives. During this retreat, Rinpoche will explain how physical movements, breath, mantra, imagery and contemplation can deeply purify the seeds of our karmic patterns and support the healing that comes from resting in one’s true nature, the source of all joy and happiness.
Thursday, March 30: Participants staying at Serenity Ridge can arrive as early as 4 p.m. for registration; light dinner served
Friday, March 31: 8 a.m. (breakfast and registration)
Saturday, April 1: 7 a.m.–6 p.m.
Sunday, April 2: 7 a.m.–2 p.m.
Retreat Cost (includes meals; accommodations extra): $345 received by January 31; $395 after January 31.
Retreat Registration includes meals beginning with the evening before the start of the retreat and ending with lunch on the final day of the retreat. Check-in for accommodations, including tenting, begins at 4 p.m. the day prior to the start of the retreat.
To begin the registration process, click on the blue “Register” button. Fill out the form. On the confirmation page, click on the PAYPAL LINK for the registration and accommodations option of your choice in order to complete your registration.
Also receive a discount off of the Spring Retreat registration cost by attending our Spring Service Retreat.