It awaits us, as part of the human birthright of awakening. This four-week retreat from December 19 addresses four stages of the mystical life, and may be attended in its entirety or for particular stages:
Like any stable creation, our spiritual life needs to be built on a strong and sound foundation. During this stage we lay or strengthen the groundwork for the fundamentals of the spiritual life. Highlights include teachings and meditations on impermanence and the preciousness of this human birth, as well as cornerstones of spiritual aspiration such as generosity and others means of generating merit.
Compassion and loving kindness are two of the indescribably precious “divine abidings,” where fully awakened beings spend all their time! We go in depth to craft our practice of building, maintaining and growing these prized assets, so that we spend more and more of our time there. This stage also reveals how we can continue to fertilize their growth while we go about our daily lives, a crucial component to the virtual monastery.
We all live by creating and sustaining images and appearances – we have to appear somehow! This stage examines a variety of historical archetypes of how we humans have modeled ourselves around the world and over the centuries. What are the differences and similarities between Superman, Apollo and Manjushri or between Athena, the High Priestess and Prajnaparamita? More importantly, how do we use each and all of these to catalyze psychic transformation in ourselves in order to help us lead more transformative, productive, and spiritually enriched lives?
Spacious, clear radiant consciousness is the birthright of the human being. It’s ours for the taking! This stage is about how we get there, and what we do when we get there. While we are exploring the “open clear sky mind” (yes we named our center after this state) through the stages of emptiness, we pass through many ancient traditions, including insight, Mahamudra, Dzogchen and Zen. We’ll practice these techniques in retreat in order to better manifest these in our day-to-day lives. Ask yourself: would you enjoy more spaciousness in your daily life?