Awakening the Mind of Compassion and Wisdom
Arrival after 3pm on Aug 10th
As so many appreciative students know from direct experience, Dr. Cheryl is a highly regarded Dharma teacher who has been teaching at the Hermitage for many years now. In this retreat she asks the question – “Why meditate?” Many beings come to the study of Dharma (teachings of Buddhist philosophy) and the practice of meditation to change something. Perhaps you are drawn to Buddhism because you want more calm, less distraction, more happiness, less pain and suffering. Yet according to the Buddha, we do not need to "get" anything. Rather, we simply need to uncover the clear, calm, loving, luminous mind that shines underneath the clouds of our confusion. The Awake, Compassionate mind is available at all times. This silent meditation retreat will focus on practices that help liberate the peace, joy and kindness of the Awake mind. We will explore the nature of emptiness, or sunyata, which underlies our realization of compassion and wisdom. This retreat will also focus on assisting students to build strength, or merit, through the exploration of the 6 Perfections (Parami)- Generosity, Integrity, Patience, Diligence, Concentration, and Insight.
This silent retreat will include sitting and walking meditation, focusing on the practices of Samantha (calm abiding), Vipassana (insight), and Mahamudra (open awareness) meditation. Some practices will utilize guided visualization. There will be yoga classes offered (moving meditation in the form of yoga is an excellent support for the sitting meditation practice). There will be Daily Dharma talks and interviews with the teacher. This ten day retreat is most suitable for experienced students who have a daily meditation practice and/or have attended at least one silent retreat. However, interested novices are welcome providing you are willing to jump in and participate fully in the retreat.
Teacher's Program Fee: Dana – the teachings are offered by donation. Please give generously.
Food and Accomodations: 585$ to 855$ based on selection.
Denman Island, BC V0T 1T0
|Eco Kuti||$ 855.00|
|Hermitage Tent-Large||$ 765.00|
|Hermitage Tent-Small||$ 675.00|
|Own Tent & Bedding||$ 585.00|
|The teachings are offered freely. Dana is gratefully accepted.||$ 0.00|
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