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Awakening: Heartful, Focused, Present and Free
January 19 - February 1
13 nights
Tina Rasmussen
Stephen Snyder
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Retreat cost: This retreat is offered on a tiered scale:

Subsidized fee: $ 950 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) & staff
Sustaining fee: $ 1050 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) & staff
Supporting fee: $ 1150 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) & staff

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Retreat cost: This retreat is offered on a tiered scale:

Subsidized fee:
$ 950 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) & staff

Sustaining fee:
$ 1050 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) & staff

Supporting fee:
$ 1150 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) & staff

Register Now
Mail/Fax Register

PREREQUISITE: You must have participated in at least one 3-day residential retreat.
In this retreat, we will focus on the four cornerstones of awakening: heartful contact with oneself, others and the world; focused concentration that calmly and clearly abides with experience; open awareness that is able to be present with whatever arises; and freedom from the hindrances and defilements that make up the sense of “me.” Practice will include:

The first week will include instruction and practice on each cornerstone of awakening (similar to the progression of Dzogchen in Tibetan Buddhism). Week two will focus on awakening itself, the non-duality of original mind.

Day 1: Bodhicitta, metta, and the heart’s intention
Day 2 & 3: Samatha—concentration and serenity meditation
Day 4 & 5: Vipassana—investigating experience and being with what is
Day 6-11: Original Mind—opening to our deeper nature
Day 12-13: Sila—applying our experience on retreat to living the Noble 8-Fold Path as a householder

Participants can choose to practice on all four cornerstones as they are structured (as a progression), or spend the entire two weeks practicing deeply in one area (for example, focusing on concentration and the jhanas). Support in interviews will be customized to each individual retreatant’s practice. Audios of the teachers’ prior retreats specializing in heart practices (the bramaviharas) and concentration meditation (samatha) will be available to further support people choosing to focus on one practice area.

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