The Innermost Heart of Freedom: Dzogchen Meditation Retreat
With Pema Khandro
August 21 - 25, 2019
Confidence, creativity, clarity and a life well-lived all depend on time for contemplation. If we don’t let go, clear our mind and empty our hearts, we become too cluttered and distracted for contentment to dawn. The Dzogchen retreat is an opportunity to quiet down, open up and bring the mind back to its own spacious ground. This is a meditation retreat for the wired and weary to settle into focused calm, to rest into the nature of mind and tap into profound depths. This is the fourth Annual Dzogchen Retreat, five days of Buddhist meditation practices that will surprise you with the wonderful power and expansiveness of mind. While deeply resting and supporting your body, you will experience Zhine and Semdzin, profound awareness holding techniques of Tibet’s Great Perfection teachings. These are practices which include meditation on the five elements, integrated with the extraordinary natural setting. It will take place in the stunning landscape of Dakini Mountain, in Northern California’s Tahoe National Forest. The mountain, pond, swimming hole, ropes course and canoe will give you the chance to rest and play in body and mind. The Dzogchen Retreat will be led by beloved Buddhist scholar and teacher, Pema Khandro. The practice and teachings will focus on the Tibetan Buddhist master Longchenpa’s Finding Rest in Meditation. The retreat will include three practice sessions a day, Buddhist Philosophy teachings, Tibetan Yoga and Dzogchen and free time for introspection and connection.
About Pema Khandro
Pema Khandro is a Tibetan Buddhist teacher, scholar and humanitarian, specializing in the philosophy and practice of Tibet’s Buddhist Yogis. She is the founder of Ngakpa International, the Yogic Medicine Institute and two residential centers. For more information visit www.PemaKhandro.org
Residential Retreat Details
This is a residential retreat and will be held at Dakini Mountain Retreat center, about 20 minutes from Nevada City in the overwhelming beauty of pine trees and vast vistas . Meals will be vegetarian, with a variety of simple food items to choose from.
Tuition covered with AAP Membership
*Cost of Accommodations (Food, Facilities & Lodging) is separate for All Access Pass
**Accommodations are limited and on a first come first serve basis.
For More Information: Info@BuddhistYogis.org
Join Pema Khandro Rinpoche for a five-day meditation retreat, an immersion in restorative practices to awaken peaceful stability to mind and body, heighten clarity and open the gateways to intrinsic wisdom.
Meditation can be a practice that is profoundly restful, restorative and heart-opening. This five-day retreat offers a supported space to access peaceful stability of mind and body.
This is a precious opportunity to experience the methods taught in Dzogchen meditation, Tibetan Buddhism’s most treasured path. Dzogchen means ‘Great Completion’ because it focuses on the natural wisdom at the heart of every person. Even though each person has intrinsic goodness, states of chronic tension and fixation can impede its expression. Meditation in Dzogchen is a method of awakening to this wisdom. It is a path of allowing intrinsic wakefulness to manifest through letting go, settling in and supporting the body and mind to discover natural calm.
Meditation Retreat is practice-oriented, with three sessions of sitting meditation a day interspersed with restorative yoga, meals and group activities. It will also include teachings on Buddhist philosophy based on the teaching of the great fourteenth-century master, Longchenpa.
Meditation is not just something that happens in our minds. Dzogchen practices engage body, speech, and mind, known as the three gateways to awareness. By introducing multiple approaches to the meditative state, these methods demonstrate that everyone can access meditation, given the appropriate support. These practices utilize breathing, visualization, postures, and other techniques. Their goal is to allow spacious, expansiveness and clarity to emerge from within. Therefore, some Tibetan Yoga practices will be taught as an adjunct to help access meditation. Athletic ability is not required for these practices, they are mild and adaptable to any body.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do I have to be a Buddhist to attend this retreat? A: No, this retreat is open to anyone.
Q: Does this retreat require prerequisites? A: New students are welcome to attend this retreat without previous training.
Q: Does this retreat require silence? A: This is not a silent retreat. There are a mixture of periods of silence and periods of socializing. Vajrayana Buddhism tends to offer dynamic settings, however there will be an emphasis on simple meditation in this retreat. There is also a period of chanting meditation and some lectures on Buddhist philosophy.
Q: Is Dzogchen meditation secret? A: The most advanced cycles of Dzogchen meditation are restricted practices. However there are a wealth of practices done in the preliminary and intermediary stages, as well as practices common to both advanced and beginning levels. Additionally there are many approaches to Dzogchen in Tibetan Buddhism. Historically speaking, different Tibetan lineages approach particular Dzogchen meditation practices at different times. Some are done only after ‘ngondro’ the extensive preliminary meditation series for training the mind in Vajrayana. Some are done before preliminaries and others interspersed with preliminaries This retreat offers a series of particular meditation techniques known as ‘holding the mind.’ They are practiced before, during and after preliminaries because they are the main part of the path from the beginning to end in Tibet’s Nyingma lineage’s contemplative tradition. These particular practices are only taught in retreat settings because they require a deeper introduction.
Q: What diets will be accommodated at the retreat? A: The meals are all vegetarian. Non-gluten and non-dairy options are available at every meal.
Q: What should I bring to the retreat? A: Notebook, pen, sunscreen, sunhat, sunglasses, bathing suit if you want to swim in the Rigdzin pond, hiking shoes, comfortable clothes for sitting meditation and yoga, yoga mat, non-toxic bug spray, one nice outfit to dress up for Saturday night. If you are camping, bring your camping gear.
Q: What is the weather like? A: Prepare for heat or cold, the mountains can be unpredictable. It is likely to be quite hot.
Q: Is there anything I should not bring? A: Please, no food, no drugs, no alcohol, no pets, no incense, no candles and no other flammables. Dakini Mountain requests us to not wear strongly scented body products, as these cause severe toxic reactions in some people.
Q: Is there financial aid or scholarships available? A: The costs of the retreat are set at the lowest possible rates to cover the expenses of the retreat. Membership discounts are available – see below. Additionally, two financial assistance rates are available by application. Email email@example.com