About to Start Two-Month Retreat

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In a few days I will be starting a two-month Shamatha/Vipashyana/Dzogchen retreat with Alan Wallace in Phuket, Thailand.   My heartfelt thanks goes out to all of you whose generosity made this opportunity possible for me.

Some of what I am able to grasp will undoubtedly make it into the new series of workshops and retreats I will be leading on my return, which is nearly fully scheduled between Nov 21, 2014 and June 21, 2015 in Los Angeles; South Lake Tahoe; Rochester Hills, MI; Gloucester, MA; Vancouver, BC; Durham, NC; Portland, OR; and Singapore. Check the Workshops and Retreats section on www.douglasveenhof.com for details.

You can also download or listen to selected audio from past workshops and retreats at  the Audio Archive section.

And you, too, can participate in the two-month Phuket retreat by listening to podcasts of Alan Wallace’s daily teachings at the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies website.

Thanks again for your support and I’ll see you on the other side.

 

 

 

Our Nine-day “Experiments in Wisdom” Silent Retreat at Angel’s Rest

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Our thanks to Jennifer and the staff at Angel’s Rest Retreat Center near Leyden, Mass. for providing the perfect outer conditions for our excursion into the fusion of Stillness and Insight meditation practices.

Our crew of well-seasoned and beginning meditators traveled from Argentina, Tucson, Detroit, North Carolina, New York City,  as well as Gloucester and other Massachusetts coastal villages to spend nine-days in silent retreat exploring the truth of their own experience with “The Four Applications of Mindfulness.”  In up to 18 24-minute sessions each day they practiced stabilizing attention with the breath and settling awareness in the space of the mind.

We already have an expanded two-week retreat planned for April 2015 with weekend and one-week options. Stay tuned for details.

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Our recent Vancouver “Experiments in Wisdom” 9-day Insight Retreat

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Great thanks to the organizers at Three Jewels Vancouver and our hosts at the Loon Lake Research and Education Center for supplying the perfect conditions for voyaging into the wisdom of silence. Thanks also to those who attended the weekend urban retreat at Three Jewels Vancouver before this crew set off for an additional week of silent and guided meditations in up to 17 24-minute sessions per day.

We already have next year’s retreat scheduled at Loon Lake! This one will be two weeks, with options to attend just the initial weekend or first week. Put it on your calendar now–March 14-28, 2015.

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An undistracted mind is mental one-pointedness, the serenity aspect, while accurate reflection on fact and meanings refers to discerning wisdom, the insight aspect. Thus, you must achieve all good qualities of the two vehicles through both sustained analysis with discerning wisdom and one-pointed focus on the object of meditation. You do not achieve them through one-sided practice of either analytical meditation or stabilizing meditation.

–Je Tsongkhapa, Lamrim Chenmo

The Sierra Nine-Day Retreat: Experiments in Wisdom

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This is the intrepid crew of experimenters who investigated the liberating potential of the Shamatha practices and Insight meditations outlined in the classes of the 30-Day Mindfulness Challenge. For nine days they tested the hypotheses of the Buddha with their own rigorous self-examination in up to 17 24-minute mediation sessions each day.

Our thanks to Harmony Ridge Lodge in Grass Valley, CA for providing the perfect outer conditions. On Friday I begin another ten-day retreat near Vancouver, Canada. The first three days are actually an urban retreat at Three Jewels Vancouver. If you’re in the area, come join us.

I IS A CONCEPTUAL DESIGNATION!

The 30-Day Mindfulness Challenge_Session 29, Happiness is an Inside Job

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Here is the twenty-ninth and final audio installment from the 30-Day Mindfulness Challenge, a progression of 30 consecutive days of one-hour meditation classes I am teaching at Mountain Yoga in South Lake Tahoe, CA.  Follow from afar or catch up on live classes you missed.

Why only 29 audio sessions of the 30-Day Challenge?  Because we took one day out in the middle to do a full day meditation retreat at Mountain Yoga. The audio of the instruction and guided meditations of that retreat will be posted soon and make a nice audio format for conducting your own one-day retreat.

Thanks for following and best wishes for the quick attainment of all your goals,

Doug

  • Why does the Buddha start with the truth of suffering and its causes rather than the truth of happiness and its causes?
  • Genuine happiness is a matter of subtraction rather than addition
  • How do you know if you’re making progress on the path?

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30-Day Mindfulness Challenge_Session 28, I and Mine

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Here is the twenty-eighth audio installment from the 30-Day Mindfulness Challenge, a progression of 30 consecutive days of one-hour meditation classes I am teaching at Mountain Yoga in South Lake Tahoe, CA.  Follow from afar or catch up on live classes you missed.

  • The promise of the cessation of suffering
  • The key to the path, I and Mine
  • Are I and mine no more than an agreement

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30-Day Mindfulness Challenge_Session 27, The Illusory Self

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Here is the twenty-seventh audio installment from the 30-Day Mindfulness Challenge, a progression of 30 consecutive days of one-hour meditation classes I am teaching at Mountain Yoga in South Lake Tahoe, CA.  Follow from afar or catch up on live classes you missed.

  • Two categories of causality: material cause and cooperative conditions
  • Why it’s impossible a physical thing could ever be a cause of a mental feeling
  • The key to the cessation of suffering: examining I and mine

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30-Day Mindfulness Challenge_Session 26, The Domain of all Phenomena

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Here is the twenty-sixth audio installment from the 30-Day Mindfulness Challenge, a progression of 30 consecutive days of one-hour meditation classes I am teaching at Mountain Yoga in South Lake Tahoe, CA.  Follow from afar or catch up on live classes you missed.

  • The web of causality that creates our happiness and suffering
  • The Four Noble Truths
  • The root cause of all suffering

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30-Day Mindfulness Challenge_Session 25, The Domain of the Mind

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Here is the twenty-fifth audio installment from the 30-Day Mindfulness Challenge, a progression of 30 consecutive days of one-hour meditation classes I am teaching at Mountain Yoga in South Lake Tahoe, CA.  Follow from afar or catch up on live classes you missed.

  • “All phenomena issue forth from the mind”
  • To know the nature of the mind examine the appearances arising in the space of the mind
  • Mental feeling, the liking or disliking response to the parade of mental appearances

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30-Day Mindfulness Challenge_Session 24, Is Suffering Optional?

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  • Here is the twenty-fourth audio installment from the 30-Day Mindfulness Challenge, a progression of 30 consecutive days of one-hour meditation classes I am teaching at Mountain Yoga in South Lake Tahoe, CA.  Follow from afar or catch up on live classes you missed.
  • Is pain physical
  • Suffering = Pain x Resistance
  • Practice with an itch

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