Mahāmudrā instructions are renowned as being short, precise, and easy to practice. In this retreat, Rinpoche will explain how to traverse the path from the outset of the four mind-changings up until essential Mahāmudrā , the peak of all of Buddha’s teachings. During the sessions, he will teach different meditation techniques, depending upon the student level. He will also offer priceless pith instructions and different methods for overcoming various obstacles that can occur in one’s meditation practice.
Rinpoche suggests that all students prepare for this program by following Rinpoche’s online course on Samye Dharma in which he teaches the various stages of śamatha or “calm abiding” meditation, with and without support. Ideally, it would be best to start practicing these teachings now in order to develop some practice experience and sincere questions prior to the retreat. This is also an excellent method for familiarizing yourself with Rinpoche’s direct and humorous teaching style. You can access the course at : http://samyedharma.org/course/path-of-meditation-level-one/
For New Retreatants:Rinpoche will lead participants who are participating in this retreat for the first time through the four mind-changings, the four foundations (or preliminary practices), and then through the detailed stages of śamatha with and without focus, including natural state śamatha . Practicing these different techniques of meditation enables us to gain mastery over our minds and lays the necessary foundation for the ensuing practice of vipaśyanā, or insight meditation where we are introducted to the true nature of mind.
The retreat starts on Wednesday August 9th at 4pm and ends on Saturday August 12th. On Sunday 13th Rinpoche will bestow Empowerments.