Our Fourth Annual One-Month Retreat on Salt Spring Island, BC
July 19 – August 15, 2020
Group size limited to 14, only a few slots left
Stilling the Mind and Seeing Its Nature
For more than a thousand years, the masters of Tibetan Buddhism’s Dzogchen and Mahamudra lineages have refined a progression of techniques for experiencing directly the empty, luminous nature of the mind. This direct approach relies on the moment-to-moment close observation of meditation to provide transformational insights that can eliminate the mistaken habits of perception at the root of all suffering.
This one-month retreat will provide instruction on those techniques, and the liberating view of reality they lead to, as well as provide an ideal setting of natural beauty for your own dedicated practice of discovery.
Drawing from the Dzogchen texts of Düdjom Lingpa, the Mahamudra texts of the Ninth Karmapa, and the teachings of B. Alan Wallace and Thrangu Rinpoche, we will begin by exploring a full progression of shamatha practices from breath meditation to merging mind with space. Then on the basis of the stable focus cultivated with shamatha, we will probe the nature of the mind itself with the precise investigation of vipashyana practice.
The sources for these practices are considered to be advanced Buddhism, but this clear and systematic presentation is suitable for all levels. Long-time practitioners may find an exhilarating new approach, and even relative beginners will learn a comprehensive foundation and full spectrum of meditation skills to take home.
Cultivating Emotional Balance
CEB is a program inspired and guided by H.H. the Dalai Lama that integrates leading-edge research on emotion with proven meditation techniques to balance the mind and experience emotions constructively.
the 30-Day Mindfulness Challenge Audio Archive
Each session includes detailed and clear instruction as well as a guided meditation.
Together the 29 daily sessions form a comprehensive introduction to how to meditate and what to meditate on.
The 30th day was an all-day retreat. Audio for that will be posted soon. Check back and download audio to guide your own single-day retreat.
Help Support Doug’s 2020 Retreats
I will be spending at least five months again this year in retreat. Your donation contributes to the continuation of my teaching, my deeper studies, and the nourishing retreats with my own teachers.
What I learn in retreat makes its way immediately into my own teachings.
If you would like to make a contribution toward retreat expenses you can donate securely through PayPal.
Thank you.I hope the benefit of your investment will be widely spread.