Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism and Vipassana Meditation.


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Weekend Intensive Retreat Teaching with Clint Sidle on Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism and Vipassana Meditation:

At Namgyal Monastery

201 Tibet Drive, Ithaca, NY 14850


Namgyal Monastery office / or Call: 607-279-8805

TOPIC: Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism and Vipassana Meditation.


Weekend Intensive Retreat Teaching with Clint Sidle.


Date: December 7 to 9, 2018.  Cost $140.00


Friday – December 7 at 7.00pm to 8.30pm Introductory Talk - Free and Open to Public – All are Welcome - Donation are Welcome.


Introduction to Tantric Buddhism and Vipassana Meditation. This is the second in a series of weekend intensives introducing the fundamentals of Tibetan Buddhism and meditation. The first is not a prerequisite to the second as the instructor will also provide a short review of the earlier intensive. This weekend will focus on a conceptual overview of the esoteric trantric meditation practices of Tibetan Buddhism and how they integrate with its philosophy of turning every aspect of our experience into a vehicle for our enlightenment. It also serves as an introduction to the calm abiding practice of Vipassana meditation and its practical applications to daily life.


Based on the instructor’s personal experience, the premise of these introductory weekends is to serve as a bridge for westerners to the profoundly complex and sometimes arcane world of Tibetan Buddhism. The most mystical and esoteric of the schools, the Vajrayana is at once the most powerful and inaccessible of the teachings of the Buddhist canon. Therefore these weekend retreats will introduce the basic philosophical and methodological frameworks so the participant can explore the different paths with some basic understanding on how they work together with an eye of eventually entering the Vajrayana.


The weekend will also introduce calm abiding aspects of Vipassana as the foundation to all of the meditation practices found in the subsequent paths of the Mahayana and Vajrayana. The instructor has found that people who begin in the Vajrayana tradition without a foundation in Vipassana practice often become lost, confused and discouraged by their inability to access, let alone master, its complex visualization practices. He has also found that short one hour introductions to meditation simply to not ground beginners enough in the experience to truly taste the benefits of meditation. Therefore the weekend will include extensive meditation practice that goes beyond the formal practice of sitting to help build a foundation for compassion, awareness, and creativity in all aspects of life.

The schedule for the intensive will alternate between short presentations and periods of sitting and walking meditation interspersed with opportunities for questions and answers. 


Clint Sidle’s professional work is based on his thirty plus years as a practicing Buddhist. Starting with his first teacher, Sri Goenka, he practiced seventeen years in the Hinayana tradition attending annual week long retreats at Insight Meditation Society. He then studied Shambhala training through Shambhala International and the lineage of Trungpa Rinpoche. Since 1998 has been a student of Vajrayana Buddhism and studied with Tibetan masters Thinley Norbu Rinpoche, Kenchen Paldern Rinpoche, and Khenpo Tsewang Rinpoche in the Nyingma linegage. He has edited two books of the Khenpos based on their extensive teachings on Ngondro and Yeshe Lama, and over the last ten years spent at least one month a year in meditation retreat.


Clint is the former and founding director of the prestigious Roy H. Park Leadership Fellows Program in the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University and widely sought consultant in leadership development. His leadership programs earned him national recognition and are based on the premise of servant leadership, and the concept “doing well by doing good” by first discovering basic goodnessthe pinnacle of the authentic self. His last book This Hungry Spirit: Your Need for Basic Goodness is based on this premise reveals some of his methods on how this works in a leadership context.


Schedule of Weekend Intensive Teaching:

8:30 - 9:00 AM Breakfast at Monastery.
9:00-10:15: Morning Sessions

10:15 - 10:30 Tea Break
12:00-2:00 Lunch at Monastery.
2:00- 3:15 Afternoon Sessions

3:15 - 3:30 Tea Break

3:30 - 5:00PM


8:30 - 9:00 AM Breakfast at Monastery.

9:00 - 10-15 Morning Session

10:15 - 10:30 Tea Break

10:30 - 12:00 Last Session





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