• Let the Mind Be Free—<br />Calm-Abiding Meditation

Let The Mind Be Free: Calm Abiding Meditation

A Weekend of Talks, Discussion, and Meditation

Led by: Resident Director, Julie Heegaard
Dates: Friday, February 2 through Sunday, February 4

Grant your blessings so that my mind may be one with the Dharma
Grant your blessings so that Dharma may progress along the path
Grant your blessings so that the path may clarify confusion
Grant your blessings that confusion may dawn as wisdom

-Gampopa

Julie Heegaard

Julie Heegaard

Meditation is used these days for all sorts of helpful, but limited purposes. From a Buddhist perspective, calm abiding (or shamatha) meditation can have a much more profound impact, freeing the mind to experience each moment in a fresh, uncontaminated way. But our ideas about meditation—including those about healing and spirituality, proper technique, the time and place to meditate, even what it means to be a meditator—can also limit its transformative capacity and become impediments to the practice. Shamatha—properly understood—helps us release meditation from the boundaries imposed by our conceptual mind.

Out of her great kindness, last August at Ösel Ling, Her Eminence Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche presented a wonderful series of teachings on shamatha entitled Eliminating the Darkness of Ignorance. This weekend will include a review of the key teachings, discussion of the relationship between these and other approaches to meditation, a chance to ask questions, and time to practice shamatha with the instructions Rinpoche provided.

Tentative Schedule
Friday evening introductory talk: 6:30 – 8:00pm
Saturday: 9:30am – 4:00pm
Sunday: 9:30am – 3:00pm

Tuition
Full Weekend: $110
Friday Evening Introductory Talk only: $10
Either Saturday or Sunday: $65
–Saturday or Sunday plus Friday talk: $75

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