This workshop–designed for either novice or advanced meditators–is an integrative approach to the practice of meditation with an emphasis on intensive concentration meditation. The course begins with the Indo-Tibetan Nine States of Mental Calming/Staying, then an introduction to classic Tibetan emptiness meditation. A balance of mental stabilization and emptiness practices will serve as a foundation for the “extraordinary” or essence meditation practices. Essence meditations like the Mahamudra and the Great Perfection assume that wisdom is an inherent property of the natural mind that has become obscured through conceptualization and negative emotional states. Essence meditations are designed to develop “awakened wisdom” through continuous, uninterrupted mindfulness, taking the non-dual condition of the natural mind and its spontaneous manifestations in the present moment as both the point of observation as well as the object of the meditation.
These essence meditations are taught within the context of an ongoing relationship wherein the teacher points out the mind’s real nature during the right state of meditation. This relational-based approach to meditation emphasizes short, repeated meditation sessions, with detailed instructions given before and after each session. Leader instructions point out the desired state, the way to attain it, and how to correct the problems that typically occur at each stage of meditation practice. Practice is followed carefully and instructions are individualized for each student. Enrollment is limited to thirty-six participants, with first priority given to individuals who have not taken this retreat before. Participants must attend all sessions.
Please bring a meditation cushion, if you would like to use one.