With Richard John
Shamatha and vipashyana alone are the iron hook that will lead you to liberation.
— Chogyam Trungpa
This weekend retreat is open to practitioners at all levels—new and senior—who wish to establish or strengthen their meditation practice. This program is also the beginning of the one-week vajrayana retreat Profound Simplicity II: What has been Pointed Out
We will deepen the practices of shamatha and vipashyana meditation, looking at the mind and sense perceptions, with emphasis on direct personal experience. These days there are many things called “meditation” that have little to do with the path of Dharma that leads to awakening and freedom. The profound instructions from lineage masters that make meditation authentic are freely available, and we will apply them directly.
The program will be all day Saturday and Sunday, with commentaries and instruction, silence during the day, and open discussion each afternoon. Participants should commit to the full weekend.
Saturday and Sunday, 8:30am to 5:30pm
An early student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Richard served as acharya for Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche for 20 years. He has for many years taught Shambhala Buddhist programs in the US, Canada and Mexico. He completed the first three-year group retreat at Gampo Abbey, and now teaches full time. Richard and his wife Liz reside in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
It is customary to offer a monetary gift to the teacher. Teachers receive no salary or benefits, and depend upon this income in order to teach for a living. This is completely voluntary according to your inspiration, and there is no suggested amount–any amount is appreciated!