“The Wisdom of Atisha
Knowing Our Own Minds”
September 13-20, 2021
Virtual retreat from Miyo Samten Ling in Crestone, CO
This retreat will begin with oral commentaries on Alan Wallace’s two freshly translated dialogues between Atisha and his principal disciple Drom Tönpa, entitled, “Cutting the Root of Suffering and Equalizing Excitation and Laxity” and “Blaming Everything on a Single Culprit.” These two exchanges go right to the heart of meditation, while at the same time representing a lively guru-disciple exchange that is both reverent and critical at the same time. Then we shall turn to a close examination of the fifty-one mental factors according to classic Indian Buddhist psychology. These provide a meaningful framework in which to understand the workings of the mind, with a special emphasis on identifying those mental processes that afflict the mind and those that nurture mental health and well-being.
This theoretical presentation will be complemented with the experiential exploration of the mind by means of the Buddha’s own pith instructions of applying discerning mindfulness to feelings, the mind, and the mental factors that obscure the natural luminosity and purity of the mind and those that advance one along the path to enlightenment.
The retreat will consist each day of three sessions of lectures and guided meditations followed by a 1-hour discussion period.
Our daily schedule:
9:00am – 10:30am teaching
11:00am – 12:00pm teaching
2:30pm – 4:00pm teaching
4:30pm – 5:30pm teaching or Q&A
Beginning on Day Three there will be a daily Q&A for all participants via Zoom.
We hope to have recordings of all sessions made available within 24 hours of the teaching during the retreat.
Scholarships will be available for those who need assistance to cover the full amount of the retreat. Click here to apply for a scholarship prior to purchasing retreat.
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