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Mind Like Space Exploring Awareness through the Practice of Meditation

Date June 28-30, 2013
Time 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Location Human Services Building, 320 West Martin Luther King Street (Formerly State Street), Ithaca, NY 14850
Instructors Cortland Dahl
Cost $140, see details below
Registration Pre-registration required, see details below
Prerequisites None. This intensive is suitable for both beginning and advanced students.

Cortland Dahl In this retreat, we will explore meditation practices from the Mahamudra and Dzogchen traditions that put us in touch with the simple purity of our own minds. In these traditions, tranquility, compassion, and insight are not viewed as qualities that we need to develop on the spiritual path, but as innate qualities of awareness that we can connect with in the present moment. Over these few days, Buddhist teacher, scholar, and scientist Cortland Dahl will guide us through an exploration of these practices, offering practical instructions for integrating meditation with day to day life and shedding light on the emerging field of contemplative neuroscience, which offers new insights concerning how meditation affects the mind, body, and brain.

Cortland is an author, translator, meditation teacher, and scientist. He began meditating in 1993 while studying psychology and religion at the University of Minnesota. In the years that followed, he practiced and studied a number of Buddhist traditions, spending time on retreat in Japan, Burma, India, and Nepal. After earning a master’s degree in Buddhist Studies at Naropa University in 2000, he lived in India and Nepal for seven years, which gave him the opportunity to immerse himself in the Tibetan language and spend more time in retreat.

Since 2003, Cortland has interpreted for various Tibetan lamas and taught courses on Buddhism and Tibetan language throughout the world. He founded the Rimé Foundation in 2004 and, under the direction of Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, created the Tergar Institute in 2006. As a translator, Cortland is a member of the Nitartha Translation Network and has worked extensively with the Dharmachakra Translation Committee. His publications include Entrance to the Great Perfection: A Guide to the Dzogchen Preliminaries; Great Perfection, Volumes I & II; and Vajra Wisdom.

Cortland currently serves as President of Tergar International and is a senior instructor for the Tergar Meditation Community. He lives with his son in Madison, Wisconsin, where he is pursuing a PhD under the guidance of Dr. Richard Davidson at the University of Wisconsin’s Center for Investigating Healthy Minds.


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


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


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Schedule of Activities

Friday 6/28
7:00 - 8:30 PM: Introductory Talk - Fifth Annual of The Victor Mansfield Memorial Speaker Series
(Free and open to the public - Donations are welcomed)

Saturday 6/29
8:30 - 9:00 AM: Gathering for tea
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 6/30
8:30 - 9:00 AM: Gathering for tea
9:00 - 10:15 AM: Session one
10:15 - 10:30 AM: Tea break
10:30 AM - Noon: Session two