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January 8-13th: Buddhahood Without Meditation is the most renowned of the five principal Dzogchen texts revealed by the 19th century Mahasiddha Düdjom Lingpa, and it is unique in that it consists of an anthology of teachings he received by way of pure visions of many of the greatest Indian and Tibetan Buddhist adepts and other enlightened beings. It was on the basis of such teachings that thirteen of his direct disciples achieved Rainbow Body, and it is prophesied that many more will do so in the future. In this retreat Alan Wallace will offer an oral commentary to the first five chapters of
Buddhahood Without Meditation, including visionary teachings by Avalokiteśvara, Düdjom Lingpa's root lama, the Lake-Born Vajra of Orgyen, Vidyādhara Düdul Dorjé, Longchenpa, Drimé Öser, and the Mahasiddha Saraha.
These include pith instructions on the meditation on emptiness, the illusory nature of reality, the seven qualities of the Vajra, the substrate consciousness, the absolute space of phenomena, and the nature of virtue and vice from a Dzogchen perspective. These teachings will be preceded by an oral commentary to Sera Khandro's commentary on the preliminary practices, entitled The Fine Path to Liberation, which is essential for the practice of Dzogchen in general. The retreat will consist of lectures, guided meditations, and question-and-answer sessions, and is intended for participants with a sound understanding and practice of the foundational Buddhist teachings of the Four Noble Truths, bodhicitta, and the Six Perfections.
Schedule: The retreat registration begins at 4:00pm with orientation at 5pm. It will end with lunch on the last day. In terms of the daily schedule, the first session will begin the day with meditation; morning (9:00am-noon); afternoon (2:00-4:00pm) session will include lectures; the last session of the day (7:00-9:00pm) will conclude with meditation and discussion.
Facilities: This Week-long retreat in Santa Barbara will be held at the La Casa de Maria on El Bosque Rd., Montecito, part of the 26 acre complex of parks and gardens located in a beautiful setting between the ocean and the mountains. Single, double and triple rooms are available, each with their own bed and full bathroom. All meals are included in the price for commuters as well as residents.
Price for commuters include three meals, tuition but not accommodation.
If you need accommodation or want to register as a commuter, please email email@example.com to be put on the waiting list.