The Stages of Tranquility
September 2–4, 2022
September 2, 2022
 - 
September 4, 2022
with Dustin DiPerna
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The Nine Stages of Staying is one of the oldest and most comprehensive systems of concentration in the Buddhist tradition. This system, sometimes called the Elephant Path, originated with Asanga in 506 A.D. It is the main method of training the mind in the Tibetan tradition.

In this weekend meditation retreat, participants will learn all nine stages of Asanga’s Elephant Path. Students will learn the basic tools of concentration meditation, gain the capacity to stay more continuously and completely focused on the meditation object, and learn how to develop some capacity for automaticity in the concentration practice. By the conclusion of the retreat, students will have all the instructions necessary to successfully master the nine stages of tranquility.

Training the mind in this way leads to a direct experience of equanimity and puts the student in a range of practice, wherein pointing out the real nature of the awakened mind is possible.

All teaching will be guided and taught in the direct line of Daniel P. Brown and the Pointing Out Way Lineage. No experience with meditation is required. If you have your own preferred meditation pillow and mat, please bring them.

Dustin DiPerna

Dustin DiPerna

Dustin DiPerna is a Harvard-trained scholar of world religions and adjunct professor at Stanford University. He is a senior teacher of Tibetan meditation in the Pointing Out The Great Way Lineage. His books include Streams of Wisdom and Evolution's Ally, among others.

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Workshop Schedule

Friday
8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
4:15 pm – 6:15 pm
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Sunday
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

More activities can be found on our open class schedule.

See general schedule information including arrival, departure and meal times.

Accommodations & Tuition

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Accommodations & Tuition

For this workshop, you will register and pay for accommodations and tuition in two separate steps.

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Prices for accommodations include your lodging, meals, open classes, and use of the baths and other facilities. View partner program accommodations pricing.

COVID Update

In addition to proof of vaccination, all guests and faculty must provide proof of negative test results at time of check-in. Please read our current COVID safety guidelines for complete details prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Effective January 7, 2022 in response to the rapid spread of the new Omicron variant, all guests and faculty will provide proof of negative PCR, NAAT, or antigen test results at time of check-in. The test must be taken within 72 hours nd results must come from a laboratory or healthcare provider.Please read our updated COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Effective December 15 in accordance with new guidance from Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Health, all guests, students, staff, residents, and faculty are required to wear masks in all indoor public settings, irrespective of vaccine status, for the next four weeks (December 15, 2021 through January 15, 2022). Please read our updated COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Effective November 19, 2021, in accordance with new guidance from the Monterey County Board of Supervisors, all guests, students, staff, residents, and faculty are no longer required to wear masks indoors on campus. Please read our updated COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Starting November 5, 2021, due to substantial levels of COVID-19 transmission in Monterey County, a mask mandate established by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors will go into effect. Please read our COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

All guests will be required to provide proof of vaccination upon arrival starting September 3, 2021. Please read our COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Masks are no longer mandated indoors or outdoors, except during massage sessions. Guests are not required to provide testing or vaccination verification before arriving on campus. Please read our COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

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