Duration: Retreats of 7 days or more
These retreats are set in the larger context of awakening. The first few days include the overall “view” of enlightenment, and the basis of Bodhicitta (a wish for awakening for oneself and all beings) in the heart for a full practice and larger intention for practice. The next week of the retreat will focus on the Samatha practice, developing laser-like awareness that has the potential to lead to the meditative absorptions known as jhanas.
For the last five days of the retreat, participants will have the option to continue to deepen on the Samatha track, or move to the Dzogchen track. (Talks for both tracks will be available to all participants.) The Dzogchen track provides the possibility of non-dual awareness without the level of concentration required for jhana. In the Dzogchen track, we will build upon the foundation of Samatha with its powerful and stabilizing concentration, to include the open awareness of Vipassana, and then explore the non-dual practice of Rigpa, which enables the possibility for one to be present with a deeper reality with eyes open, awake to the world.
Participants will have the option to either go deeper with the Samatha practice, or to branch into the Tibeten Dzogchen practice and the possibility of realizing Rigpa. Both paths provide the possibility of cutting through conventional reality to realize the deeper truth of non-duality.
Click here to watch a 9-minute video of Tina providing an overview of the Luminous Mind retreat.
The Brahma Viharas are an ancient Buddhist meditation practice for contacting and developing the heart qualities of our deeper nature.
In this retreat we will practice all four meditations – loving kindness, compassion, empathetic joy and equanimity. We will learn the meditations for each heart quality and spend a day on each Brahma Vihara. These are cultivated to both heal our hurt and wounded life experiences as well as orient and relax our consciousness to receiving the naturally arising qualities of an enlightened heart.
These meditation practices will be presented from the perspective of a nondual awake awareness. The qualities are naturally arising in awake awareness. This is our natural, unconditioned reality. Presenting the practices from this perspective supports us in seeing their inherent value and function outside our normal “Self” perspective.
We are available to give dharma talks or lead retreats at your location. For a sample of our dharma talks, please visit the Dharma Talks page. If you or your sangha are interested in organizing a retreat or dharma talk for us to lead, please contact us directly as found on the Contacts Us page.