People used to believe that genuine spiritual awakening could only be experienced by a few highly evolved beings, and that it required years of arduous meditation, study and training. But awakening is our human birthright and everyone’s natural potential.
The way of Direct Awakening, the essence of the Tibetan teachings of Mahamudra and Dzogchen, is based on awareness recognizing its own nature. When awareness stops grasping after concepts and objects of perception, it wakes up to itself as a content-free, peaceful, timeless, openness that is the very heart of freedom.
When we sense deeply into our heart beyond concepts, it also can awaken to its original nature which is love, caring and compassion – released from all our conditioning and defenses. This boundless awareness and open-heartedness is the liberation insight of all the great sages of the past and present. And it’s available to anyone who is curious, open and willing to thoroughly transform their lives.
In this retreat we’ll explore together experientially different approaches to glimpsing this life changing recognition, and steep in the unfolding of awake awareness and open-heartedness through guided meditations, meditative inquiry and discussion.
There will be an hour lunch break with the option of going out or bringing your lunch.
Registration. This program is sponsored by the Philadelphia Buddhist Association. In traditional Buddhist style, there is no fee for this program. But it is customary to express appreciation in the form of a gift (dana) to the teacher. Dana is both a practice of generosity as well as the means to provide financial support to our teachers who, unlike the monks and nuns of old, pay the regular bills associated with modern life. Your gift enables our teachers to continue to do what they do. Please pre-register by email to: email@example.com and make your donation at the event. Donations can be any amount with a suggested minimum of at least $25.
While I have read and received direct path teachings before, the addition – or the clear pointing out of the heart element – deepened and made more vivid my experience. Incredible.Brandon, 5-Day Retreat Participant
Sharing the retreat with a group in this setting was so important and uplifting. Result – stronger understanding of awake awareness. Highly recommended. The best teachers with years of experience who actually care about your experience.Diane, 5-Day Retreat Participant
Thank you for such spacious, pointed teaching! The material, pacing and presentation (!!) continue to be first rate. The personal examples you give are always warmly humorous and helpful. Your passion for this practice mirrors your concern and care for us, your students and fellow practitioners. I watch my practice deepen and realization clarify while sensing the same maturation in my fellow class mates.Barry, Meditation Teacher and Awakening Course Participant