Uncovering the Illusion: One Thought at a Time
with Eva Natanya, PhD
Tuesday July 18th | 7:30-9:30PM
Thursday July 20th | 7:30-9:30PM
Friday July 21st | 7:30-9:30PM
Saturday July 22nd | 10AM-5PM
Sunday July 23rd | 10AM-5PM
In this five-day intensive course, we will explore ideas in numerous meditation sessions, cultivating a clear motivation to benefit others and a relaxed, balanced awareness from which to apply sharp and penetrating analytical meditation.
Eva will guide us into the details of ideas she introduced at the March retreat with Douglas Veenhof, Unraveling Karma. Based on her recent doctoral research and original translations from the Tibetan, Eva will ask us to consider Je Tsongkhapa’s reasoning step by step, as he differentiates Candrakirti’s Middle Way view of illusion from that of the Mind-Only school. Exploration of several key analogies – regarding dreams, cataracts, skeletons, performances, reflections, and rivers – will help clarify what Je Tsongkhapa thought the Buddha actually meant in saying that all three realms are created by mind alone, and also challenge us to examine what we actually mean when we say that experiences are illusory, or that they do not exist in the way that they appear.
In order to fathom Master Asanga’s presentation of the great variety of karmic seeds and tendencies, we will also look at Je Tsongkhapa’s early composition, the Extensive Commentary on Foundation Consciousness. These forays should help us to understand further what Je Tsongkhapa means in his Illumination of the True Thought of the Middle Way when he describes the mere “I” as the basis for all the seeds – and the emptiness of that “I” as the basis for total purification.
$200 for complete course (nobody turned away for lack of funds)
Or $30 session. There are 4 sessions on the weekend. We strongly encourage you to attend the full course for continuity.
(15% off for Level 2 members)
Eva Natanya is a long-time student of Geshe Michael Roach and Dr. B. Alan Wallace, and has studied Madhyamaka and Vajrayana at Tibetan monasteries in India. She recently earned her PhD in Religious Studies at the University of Virginia, focusing on Indian and Tibetan Buddhism, with a dissertation on the nature of illusion in Je Tsongkhapa’s tantric philosophy.