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Weekend Calm Abiding Meditation Retreat

 Weekend Calm Abiding Meditation Retreat

Weekend Calm Abiding Meditation Retreat

Jan 24, 2020 - Jan 26, 2020, 7:00 pm - 12:30 am

“Through meditation practice, we can reach a level of communication with mind surpassing anything in our past experience. We can discover profoundly rich and powerful qualities of mind that we have yet to experience and to know. Knowing oneself, getting to know one’s own mind, begins with the practice of shamatha meditation.”
Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

Weekend Calm Abiding Meditation Retreat with Mitra Tyler Dewar

Friday, January 24th   7:00 – 9:00 pm

Saturday, January 25th  8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sunday, January 26th   8:00 am -12:30 pm

Please join us for a weekend-long meditation retreat in which we will focus on practicing key techniques of the meditation known as calm abiding (Sanskrit: shamatha). The practice of calm abiding gives us pragmatic and accessible tools to ease the coarse distractions and busyness of the mind and to bring forward the mind’s innate ability to relax, have greater focus, and enjoy more and more contentment. This weekend will feature teachings and guided meditations by Mitra Tyler Dewar, along with ample time to experience and get to know our own mind in a supportive and peaceful space. The techniques presented will draw from those that are practiced in the context of the curriculum of Nalandabodhi’s Path of Meditation.

It is recommended that participants of the retreat already have six months to a year’s worth of meditation experience.

Calm abiding is the basis of all other meditation practices within Buddhism, and its qualities can be refreshed and further stabilized at any time on our spiritual path. Therefore, experienced meditators of any level are also warmly invited as well!

SCHEDULE

Friday, January 24, 2019

7:00 pm               Introductory talk by Mitra Tyler

7:45 pm               Guided calm abiding meditation

8:30-9:00 pm     Social gathering with tea and light refreshments

Saturday, January 25, 2019

8:00 am               Opening chants, calm abiding meditation

8:30 am               Talk by Mitra Tyler: calm abiding instruction

9:15 am                Calm abiding meditation (including walking meditation)

10:00 am             Tea break (taken in silence)

10:30 am             Talk by Mitra Tyler: calm abiding instruction

11:00 am             Calm abiding meditation (including walking meditation)

12:30 pm-2:00 pm: Lunch break – lunch provided for retreatants

2:00 pm               Chants and songs to begin the afternoon session, calm abiding meditation

2:30 pm               Talk by Mitra Tyler: calm abiding instruction

3:00 pm               Calm abiding meditation (including walking meditation)

3:45 – 4:00pm    Concluding chants and songs

Sunday, January 26, 2019

8:00 am               Opening chants, calm abiding meditation

8:30 am               Talk by Mitra Tyler: calm abiding instruction

9:15 am               Calm abiding meditation (including walking meditation)

10:00 am             Tea break (taken in silence)

10:30 am             Talk by Mitra Tyler: calm abiding instruction

11:00am              Calm abiding meditation (including walking meditation)

12:00 pm            Talk by Mitra Tyler: post-meditation, aspirations,  expressions of rejoicing

12:15 -12:30 pm Chants and songs to conclude the retreat

Mitra Tyler Dewar

Mitra Tyler Dewar was born in Nova Scotia, Canada. He has been engaged in the study and practice of Buddhism since 1996, becoming a student of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche two years later. He began studying the Tibetan language in 1997, and became an oral interpreter and textual translator for Nitartha Institute and Nalandabodhi in 2000.
Mitra Tyler joined the faculty of Nitartha Institute in 2003 and was appointed as a senior teacher in Nalandabodhi in 2005. He has served as an oral interpreter for lineage-holding masters of the Kagyu and Nyingma traditions of Indo-Tibetan Buddhism. A musician and singer, he has participated in the creation of several ‘melodized’ liturgies and ‘dharma songs.’

Presented by Nalandabodhi Seattle

Bookings

Bookings are closed for this event.