The word Prajna means insight and understanding from within. The word prajna suggests an insight or understanding that is not simply intellectual but involves an embodied, cellular knowing. In this week-long immersion we combine the powerful techniques of asana and pranayama with the clear and poignant teachings of the Buddha dharma. We use asana to strengthen the body and dharma study to gain insight into the mind, heart, and emotional body. This process requires sensitivity, listening, and a capacity to intimately connect with what is happening. Through dharma study, guided meditation, somatic awareness, and yoga postures, this training is a profound integration of yoga and mindfulness. In this intensive we will investigate poems of awakening from the Taoist, Zen and yoga traditions. Our aim this week will be to actualize the dharma in the midst of daily activity—walking the paths, listening to birdsong, gazing at the rolling surf. This immersion marks the celebration of Tias' 50th birthday.
Make the form formless form. Make the thought thoughtless thought. Singing and dancing, the dharma voice. How vast the sky of unobstructed concentration! At this very moment, what can be sought? Nirvana is immediate. This place is the lotus land. This body is the buddha body. — Zen Master Hakuin