EXPLORING REALITY: Active Dialogue with the Four Truths.
In this year’s City Retreats, we will focus on how to develop experiential knowledge of the Dharma through the Buddha’s seminal teachings. Using the Four Truths as the basis, we will deepen our integrative practice of listening, contemplating, and meditating.
This highly individualized approach encourages us to bring our own personal experiences to Dharma practice, while remaining true to fundamental techniques of the Buddha. These methods, first taught in the Pali Suttas, have served as the crucible for cultivating precise knowledge in Tibetan Buddhism for over a thousand years.
In this first City Retreat, we explore the first two of the Four Truths, the Buddha’s exquisitely concise encapsulation of samsara, the cycle of existence. The second City Retreat (May 15-17, 2020, tentative date – to be confirmed in April) will investigate the second two of the Four Truths, which explains the process of liberation. Looking at this essential teaching through a fresh lens incorporating language, experience, and insight opens a personal dialogue with the Buddha that is ripe with transformative potential.
Friday, March 6, 6:30 – 8 pm
Saturday, March 7 10 am – noon, break for potluck lunch, and resume 3 – 5 pm.
Herman Rednick Center, 40 Lorien Road, Questa NM 87556.
For more information or directions, contact Vicki Duncan. (vicduncan at icloud.com)
The weekends will incorporate both dharma teachings with discussions and group meditation periods, as well as recommended individual practice sessions. Participants are encouraged to take the period of the retreat to unplug from the distractions and busyness which often predominate, and use the opportunity to listen, contemplate, and meditate, both on and off the cushion.
Karma Yeshe Chodron and Karma Zopa Jigme are students of Kyabje Bokar Rinpoche, and have been full-time practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism for over 18 years. Since 2005, they have been teaching and translating Dharma texts and oral teachings from Tibetan to English for the Rigpe Dorje Institute for International Students at Pullahari Monastery in Nepal. In 2016, they successfully completed the traditional Kagyu lineage three-year cloistered retreat at Vajra Vidya Retreat Center in Crestone, Colorado, under the auspices of Kyabje Thrangu Rinpoche. They are passionate about sharing traditional methods for transmitting experiential understanding of Buddhadharma with Western students.