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SEVEN TRAININGS IN CONTEMPLATION from Kunkhyen Longchen Rabjam

Date September 14-16, 2012
Time 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location Human Services Building, 320 West Martin Luther King Street (Formerly State Street), Ithaca, NY 14850
Instructors Professor Anne C.Klein, Ph.D.
Cost $140, see details below
Registration Pre-registration required, see details below
Prerequisites None. This intensive is suitable for both beginning and advanced students.

SEVEN TRAININGS IN CONTEMPLATION from Kunkhyen Longchen Rabjam

Because our essential nature is always available, though usually hidden, we are inspired to practice well so that we can experience it fully. Longchenpa, Tibet’s unparalleled 14th century master of Dzogchen, prepares this ground through seven simple and profound practices that are our focus this weekend.

Each Training is a practice that begins with effort and ends with ease, teaching us how to move along the trajectory from ordinary mind to freedom. These are crucial skills for any practitioner, and Longchen Rabjam intends them especially for those seeking the understanding, experience of their own nature. The arc of these seven culminate in unique trainings of non-conceptuality that are helpful to any practitioner.

The weekend draws as well on Jigme Lingpa's more elaborate discussion of these practices, and other of his and Longchenpa’s writings as well, time permitting; and on Ad.z.om Rinpoche's own oral teachings on this beautiful, yet rarely taught work of spiritual art.

This retreat is ideal for new and ongoing students, with time for discussion so that each group's particular needs are explicitly addressed. You learn practices that you can take home and develop, thereby enriching the context of your current practice.

Anne is Professor and Former Chair of Religious Studies, Rice University. She is also founding director and resident lama at Dawn Mountain Tibetan Buddhist Temple, founded 1996 (www.dawnmountain.org). Her scholarly dharma training includes close textual study with Geshe Wangyal, Lati Rinoche, Loling Kensur Yeshe Thupden, and Denma Lochö Rinpoche; her Nyingma root teachers are the late Khetsun Sangpo Rinpoche of Nepal and A.dz.om Paylo Rinpoche of Tibet; she also studied extensively with Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, Lopon Tenzin Namdak and Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche. She was given rein to teach by Khetsun Sangpo Rinpoche in 1994 after completing her first dark retreat under him, has been supported in her teaching and personal retreats since 1999 by A.dz.om Paylo Rinpcohe of Tibet. and was named a Dorje Lopon by him in 2009. Her six books include, most recently, Heart Essence of the Vast Expanse: A Story of Transmission.

Location

Human Services Building, 320 West Martin Luther King Street (Formerly State Street), Ithaca, NY 14850

Cost

The cost for the weekend intensive is $140, and includes morning tea and session tea breaks.

Registration

To register, please contact Namgyal with your full name, address, telephone number, and email (optional).

Payment

Please make your personal check, money order, or bank cashier's check payable to “Namgyal Monastery” and send to our mailing address.

For payment by credit card, please register first and then process your payment through the “Donate to Namgyal Ithaca” link on our Supporting Namgyal page. In the Comments field of the Payment Form, enter the name of the event for which you are paying.

Schedule of Activities

Friday 9/14
7:00 - 8:30 PM: Introductory talk
(Free and open to the public - Donations are welcomed)

Saturday 9/15
8:30 - 9:00 AM: Simple breakfast
9:00 - 10:15 AM: Session one
10:15 - 10:30 AM: Tea break
10:30 AM - Noon: Session two
Noon - 2:00 PM: Lunch break
2:00 - 3:15 PM: Session three
3:15 - 3:30 PM: Tea break
3:30 - 5:00 PM: Session four

Sunday 9/16
8:30 - 9:00 AM: Simple breakfast
9:00 - 10:15 AM: Session one
10:15 - 10:30 AM: Tea break
10:30 AM - Noon: Session two