One Thought at a Time
with Douglas Veenhof and Eva Natanya
SAT/SUN | March 18 & 19 | 9:30AM-5:30PM
In this two-day retreat, Doug and Eva will combine a variety of perspectives in order to explore the question we are all still asking: If, ultimately, we cannot find anything that exists out there from its own side, and everything is arising for us as an appearance to consciousness, then WHY is THIS happening NOW?
Doug will lead us through a progression of meditation skills drawn from the Dzogchen (Great Perfection) tradition. Beginning with quieting the insistent chatter of the mind with breath meditation, we will systematically cultivate a spacious awareness that can witness the moment to moment ripening of karma as mental appearances and begin to discover for ourselves the nature of the mind.
Based on her recent doctoral research and original translations from the Tibetan, Eva will guide us through a series of analytical explorations, tying together Je Tsongkhapa’s presentations of the Mind-Only and Middle Way schools of India. We will look at the many different types of karmic seeds and tendencies, and try to fathom how these might create the distinct aspects of our worlds as they appear to us. In meditation sessions, we will explore the meaning of the “mere I” that does exist – and how that could serve as a storehouse for all our seeds. And we will glimpse the idea (essential to Vajrayana practice) of an empty “I,” and how that could serve as the basis for total purity and purification: our Buddha-nature.
$100 for both days
(optional one day registration available if you can't make both days)
Douglas Veenhof is a former mountain guide, an award-winning journalist, and the author of White Lama, the acclaimed biography of Yoga pioneer and Tibet explorer, Theos Bernard (Harmony Books, 2011).
He has studied and practiced Buddhist meditation for more than twenty-four years with esteemed teachers in India, Nepal, and the United States and is grateful especially for the example and guidance of H.H. the Dalai Lama and B. Alan Wallace.
Doug teaches shamatha and vipashyana meditation workshops and retreats around the world and is a certified Cultivating Emotional Balance trainer leading both CEB weekend workshops and the full 40-hour program.
Eva Natanya is a long-time student of Geshe Michael Roach and Dr. B. Alan Wallace, and has studied Madhyamaka and Vajrayana at several Tibetan monasteries in India. She is about to defend her PhD dissertation at the University of Virgina, entitled Sacred Illusion: On Purity and Creation in Je Tsongkhapa's Philosophy of Tantra.