Three Yanas of the Great Eastern Sun

with John Rockwell

July 31st—August 14th -Date postponed or cancelled

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    A Mahamudra Shamatha-Vipashyana, Tonglen, and Sadhana of Mahamudra Retreat (on-land and online)

    This two-week retreat is open to anyone who has a regular sitting meditation practice. Full participation qualifies as two weekthün credits within the Shambhala Path curriculum.

    The view of this retreat is to join all three yanas of our journey together -- on the spot.

    We will practice formless sitting of mahamudra shamatha-vipashyana as our main practice, which is the most basic and advanced practice we have. This will be enriched by compassion practices such as tonglen, as well as study and contemplation. Every day we will practice The Sadhana of Mahamudra, the profound treasure text of the Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. We will also include qigong in our early morning session.

    In this way, we will mix our hearts with space, compassion, and devotion -- grounded in our direct perception of this world with its human, plant, animal, and elemental societies.

    What to Expect

    Participants should begin at the beginning and commit to the full retreat. No partial attendance is being accepted. This will be an intensive retreat that follows a schedule from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. AST, as is our tradition.

    Silence will be an important part of the retreat, with most meals taken in silence. There will be time for small group discussion, aimless wandering outside, and creative happenings.

    In order to make this program accessible for those who aren't able to travel, we will be joined online by participants during the second and third sessions of the day.

    Who Should Attend

    Open to all who have a practice of shamatha-vipashyana.

    The suggested minimum prerequisite for an intensive retreat of this nature is Level One or an introduction to meditation program at a Shambhala Centre, but any practitioner may attend with the recommendation of a senior Meditation Instructor.

    Please Note: we cannot accept visitors from outside of the "approved regions" specified by the Nova Scotia Government. Please check the current Travel Guidelines on our homepage before registering. 

    For more information and to register for the on-land course, click here.

    For more information and to register for the online course, click here.