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Mahāmudrā meditation and teaching at the 2019/20 East Coast Winter Retreat

Relax, reflect, and open 2020 with fresh insight for living mindfully no matter what life brings.

Saturday dinner, Dec. 28, 2019 through Wednesday lunch, Jan. 1, 2020
Options to stay for 4-, 3-, or 2-nights.
Copper Beech Institute, West Hartford, CT

This retreat is open to and suitable for all, beginners as well as experienced meditators. Some prior meditation experience is recommended. Affiliated groups enjoy the same tuition discounts as Nalandabodhi members.

AcharyaLhakpaNalandabodhi’s Acharya Lhakpa Tshering will teach from the classic Kagyu text “Instructions on the Four Letters of Mahāmudrā“. This brief text provides both practical instructions for meditation and profound pith instructions for contemplation.

“As a philosophy, [Mahāmudrā] aims to communicate clear knowledge of the true nature of the mind. As a meditation practice, it is designed to bring about that experience swiftly and unmistakably.” –Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

“In Mahāmudrā, we meditate on the nature of mind to attain the kind of realization that is genuine, immediate, and uncontaminated by conceptual understandings.” –Dakpo Tashi Namgyal



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In addition, Nalandabodhi’s Acharya Tashi Wangchuk will teach on “The Four Reminders.

Also known as  the “Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind to the Dharma” or the Common Preliminaries shared by many Buddhist traditions, these essential teachings help us to wake up to the preciousness of this present moment and to live each day meaningfully.

“Contemplate that as long as you are too focused on self-importance and too caught up in thinking about how you are good or bad, you will suffer. Obsessing about getting what you want and avoiding what you don’t want does not result in happiness.” –Pema Chödrön

 


dpr-tok-3AND: We are very pleased to announce that Nalandabodhi founder and spiritual director Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche will join us live by video link for a teaching session!

Rinpoche explains: “Mahāmudrā is a contemplative Buddhist tradition known for its simplicity. The practice is to be genuine, relaxed, and aware in every situation in life, to accept and appreciate who we are. To engage in its profound methods, we aren’t required to change our lifestyle, and any message contrary to that is not a true Mahāmudrā teaching. The practice of Mahāmudrā is an experience of our mind that’s completely free and joyful, no matter what our life brings us. It points us to mind’s true nature.

These teachings are part of a series on Mahāmudrā that Rinpoche is offering this year, including his teaching at the 2019 Treasury of Knowledge Retreat.

 

 Give the gift of meditation and insight

Since this is an open retreat, it’s a great opportunity to invite friends or family. Participants will benefit from an excellent and supportive meditation environment and the profound presence and teaching of great teachers. To encourage sharing of the experience, discounts are being offered to returning participants who bring a new attendee. Scholarship donations are another way to share the experience and spread the benefit.

Enjoy a beautiful, convenient setting. Copper Beech Institute in West Hartford, CT, provides a beautiful, tranquil, and comfortable retreat environment, with meditation hall, lodging, and healthy, delicious meals all conveniently located. Copper Beech is minutes from good bus, train and airport connections in Hartford. There are options to stay for 4, 3, or 2 nights, as well as commuter options. You can learn more about Copper Beech Institute here.

Registration will open soon! Mark your calendar now to save the date.

“The practice of Mahāmudrā is an experience of our mind that’s completely free and joyful, no matter what our life brings us. It points us to mind’s true nature.” —Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche