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:

DW Master Course 2: Mahamudra Shamatha

 

OTHER RELATED MATERIALS:

The Six Session Guru Yoga

Guru Yoga of Machik

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.

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