“The Foolish Dharma of an Idiot Clothed in Mud and Feathers,” “Buddhahood Without Meditation” and “The Fine Path to Liberation” with B. Alan Wallace
03 Apr 2017 – 30 May 2017
Lama Tzong Khapa Institute, Tuscany, Italy
During this eight-week retreat Alan Wallace will give detailed oral commentaries on two of the five classic Dzogchen treatises by Düdjom Lingpa, The Foolish Dharma of an Idiot Clothed in Mud and Feathers and Buddhahood Without Meditation, in addition to the brief text on the preliminary practices for Dzogchen by Sera Khandro, entitled The Fine Path to Liberation. These three texts cover the preliminary practices, shamatha, vipashyana, and the practice of cutting through to the original purity of pristine awareness. It is said that for very gifted practitioners, these meditations are sufficient for achieving the Rainbow Body. This will be the first in a series of 8-week retreats in which commentaries and oral transmissions will be offered for all five of these treatises: The Sharp Vajra of Conscious Awareness Tantra (2018), The Enlightened View of Samantabhadra (2019), and The Vajra Essence (2020-2023).
Participants should be familiar with the foundational teachings and practices of shamatha, the four applications of mindfulness, and the four immeasurables, and relative and ultimate bodhicitta.
Such understanding and experience can be acquired by listening to, studying, and practicing any one of the following sets of teachings:
The following eight-week retreats:
Alternatively, applicants may listen to the following recordings of week-long retreats sponsored and available from the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies
It is essential to learn the ethical training corresponding to each level of Buddhist practice: shravakayana, bodhisattvayana, and vajrayana. An excellent explanation of these different dimensions of Buddhist ethics can be found in: Perfect Conduct: Ascertaining the Three Vows, by Pema Wangyi Gyalpo (Author), Gyurme Samdrub (Translator), Sangye Khandro (Translator).
Anyone interested in applying for this online retreat should carefully study this short text: The Fine Path to Liberation (PDF; 169 KB) and decide for themselves whether they are prepared to engage in these practices as they relate to the teacher of this retreat, to their fellow retreatants, and to sentient beings at large. This is an indispensable prerequisite for participating in this retreat and should be taken very seriously. Anyone who is willing to devote themselves to these preliminary practices and to apply themselves to the teachings in this text with faith and devotion is welcome to apply.