Quintessential Trungpa Rinpoche:  Shamatha-Vipashyana Meditation: "Touch and Go"

February 18-20, 2022

There are no prerequisites for this retreat

"A common misunderstanding is that the meditative state of mind has to be captured and then nursed and cherished.  That is definitely the wrong approach.  If you try to domesticate your mind through meditation--try to possess it by holding on to the meditative state-- the clear result  will be regression on the path, with a loss of freshness and  spontaneity.  If you try to hold on without lapse all the time, then maintaining   your awareness will begin to become a domestic hassle  It will  become like painfully going through housework.  There will be an underlying sense of resentment, and the practice of meditation will become confusing.  You will begin to develop a love-hate relationship toward your practice, in which your concept of it seems good but, at the same time, the demand this rigid concept makes  on you is too painful.

So the technique is based on touch and go  You focus your attention on the object of awareness then, in the same moment, you disown that awareness and go on. What is needed here is some sense of confidence--confidence that you do not have to securely own your mind, but that you can tune into its process spontaneously."  Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

The Quintessential Teachings of Trungpa Rinpoche series are a set of weekend retreats suitable for beginners and advanced students which engage the pith oral instructions of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.  In this retreat we will engage the fundamental instructions on Dzogchen and Mahamudra practice given by Trungpa Rinpoche to his direct students.  

As beginners one always comes at practice with a mind conditioned by certain assumptions.  Generally we attempt to sustain a fabricated concentratiion by focusing on a technique.  But in this case one needs to develop a fundamental awareness which knows when you are present directly and then we let go of  any attempt to hold on to a fabricated concentration.  This is both the development and realization of "knowing the one" or "resolving the nature of mind."  It is not about feeling "good" particularly or pushing away thoughts so that we can achieve a "thought-free state."  It is realizing that this moment of knowing when we are present in a way which is not conditioned by our habitual reactions is the ultimate reference point -- the ultimate nature of our awareness.

The weekend will consist of talks by the resident teacher and the Practice of "mixing mind with space" the essential training of Dzogchen practice.  There will be group discussion and individual meditation interviews.

 

Cost  $195.00

Includes room and Board 

Event Date 02-18-2022
Event End Date 02-20-2022
Individual Price $195.00
$195.00

Losar

Celebrating the New Year according to the Lunar Calendar.

Thursday March 3, 2022

schedule:

8-9:30 Breakfast

10-11 sitting meditation

11-2:30 Sadhana of Mahamudra Feast with:

I Ching toss

Teachings by Trungpa Rinpoche and other Lineage Teachers

conclusion of Feast

2:30 - 4:00 Walk to Woodward Point

rest

6:00 Fireworks and Festivities..

 

 

Event Date 03-03-2022

Trekcho Retreat March 4-13, 2022  

"Cutting Through Misconceptions From Within"

"The essence of trekcho is simply to release the innate condition of mind essence uninhibited in naturalness and to sustain naked awareness in whatever is experienced, without accepting stillness as good or rejecting thought occurrence as evil.

if you know this vital point, you cannot avoid the state of meditation.  With no object to meditate on deliberately, you need not struggle painstakingly nor apply rigorous mindfulness.  Once you recognize Rigpa, you haven't strayed from the nature of the meditation state, since there is no basis for distraction or confusion to occur on the path."

Tsele Natsok Rangdrol

"The Circle of the Sun"

$795 includes room and board

 

Event Date 03-04-2022
Event End Date 03-13-2022
Individual Price $795.00
$795.00

Milarepa Day Weekend Retreat

3/17/22- 3/20/22

This is a traditional retreat at DMC.  We will begin with a full day of recitation  of the Kagyu Gyurtso -- the "Rain of Wisdom."  These are poems of spiritual realization written by the Kagyu Gurus.  By reading these profound poems or Dohas-- we connect with the awakened  mind of our lineage through the power of "mogu" -- devotion and longing.

The day begins with breakfast in the community room at 8 am.  We gather in the shrine room at 9 to begin a full day of practice.  

Thursday's practice is free and open to the public.  Beginning on Friday we will engage in this practice as a sealed retreat which will end on Sunday afternoon..

Thursday Free Thursday through Sunday $295.00

Event Date 03-17-2022
Event End Date 03-20-2022
Individual Price $295.00
$295.00

Quintessential Trungpa Rinpoche:  Shamatha-Vipashyana Meditation: "Touch and Go"

April 22 to April 24th, 2022

There are no prerequisites for this retreat

"A common misunderstanding is that the meditative state of mind has to be captured and then nursed and cherished.  That is definitely the wrong approach.  If you try to domesticate your mind through meditation--try to possess it by holding on to the meditative state-- the clear result  will be regression on the path, with a loss of freshness and  spontaneity.  If you try to hold on without lapse all the time, then maintaining   your awareness will begin to become a domestic hassle  It will  become like painfully going through housework.  There will be an underlying sense of resentment, and the practice of meditation will become confusing.  You will begin to develop a love-hate relationship toward your practice, in which your concept of it seems good but, at the same time, the demand this rigid concept makes  on you is too painful.

So the technique is based on touch and go  You focus your attention on the object of awareness then, in the same moment, you disown that awareness and go on. What is needed here is some sense of confidence--confidence that you do not have to securely own your mind, but that you can tune into its process spontaneously."  Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

The Quintessential Teachings of Trungpa Rinpoche series are a set of weekend retreats suitable for beginners and advanced students which engage the pith oral instructions of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.  In this retreat we will engage the fundamental instructions on Dzogchen and Mahamudra practice given by Trungpa Rinpoche to his direct students.  

As beginners one always comes at practice with a mind conditioned by certain assumptions.  Generally we attempt to sustain a fabricated concentratiion by focusing on a technique.  But in this case one needs to develop a fundamental awareness which knows when you are present directly and then we let go of  any attempt to hold on to a fabricated concentration.  This is both the development and realization of "knowing the one" or "resolving the nature of mind."  It is not about feeling "good" particularly or pushing away thoughts so that we can achieve a "thought-free state."  It is realizing that this moment of knowing when we are present in a way which is not conditioned by our habitual reactions is the ultimate reference point -- the ultimate nature of our awareness.

The weekend will consist of talks by the resident teacher and the Practice of "mixing mind with space" the essential training of Dzogchen practice.  There will be group discussion and individual meditation interviews.

 

Cost  $195.00

Includes room and Board 

Event Date 04-22-2022
Event End Date 04-24-2022
Individual Price $195.00
$195.00