Registration is required in advance:
You will receive a zoom link invitation to join the retreat.
Open to All
Sunday, October 27, 11 am PDT
Saturday, November 2, 4 pm PDT
Sunday, November 10, 11 am PST
Saturday, November 16, 4 pm PST
Sunday, November 24, 11 am PST
ABOUT THIS COURSE:
Shamatha Basics is devoted to the foundations and the development of single-pointed concentration or cultivation of a calm, clear and focused mind.
During this five-week series: We
Develop and enhance our attention skills,
Strengthen our faculty of mindfulness,
Rest in whatever arises,
Bring the skills developed in meditation into our daily lives
Develop the ability to focus on the nature of mind
Shamatha is a vital building block for advanced practices such as Vajrayana and Cho. In particular, the practice of SETTLING THE MIND, or focusing on the nature of mind, plays such a key and foundational role in the path of freedom and awakening in the Mahamudra and Dzokchen traditions, not to mention, in our daily lives.
This practice is called by many names such as “Shamatha focusing on the conventional nature of mind,” “Settling the mind in its Natural State,” “Taking the Mind as the Path,” and “Taking Appearances and Awareness as the Path.”
Modern research has also proven a host of secondary positive effects of Shamatha, including reduced stress, improved quality of sleep, enhanced mood, more balanced blood pressure – to name but a few.
Over the five-week course, participants will have homework for the shamatha practice each week. They will also have an opportunity to participate in a discussion forum and clarify any doubts and pitfalls with the meditation guide.
DISCUSSION FORUM & ClASS MATERIALS:
The links will be posted here.
RECOMMENDED LEARNING MATERIAL:
OTHER RELATED MATERIALS:
Dakpo Tashi Namgyel: Clarifying the Natural State
The Ninth Gyalwang Karmapa: Mahamudra: The Ocean of Definitive Meaning
Shabkar Tsgdruk Rangdrol: The Emanated Scripture of Manjushri
FEE AND REGISTRATION:
Dakini's Whisper Members - Suggested Donation $45 - $75
Non-Members - Suggested Donation $75 - $125
Some scholarships are available for those who need it. Please contact Jens.