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 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.
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.
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
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!
Here is the sixteenth 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 ever-changing parade of mental appearances
- The fusion of stillness and motion
- notice the first instance of grasping to maintain your still-point of awareness
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As we ring in a new year and pause to consider it’s potential for changing ourselves and the world we know, I can’t help but recall the words of a sage I met in Ladakh last August.
I had gone to the Mahabodhi International Meditation Center outside of Leh for a short Vipassana mediation retreat led by the organization’s visionary founder, Venerable Bhikkhu Sanghasena. Read more
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